Weather Channel to air special on sinking of tall ship Bounty that visited Ogdensburg two years ago
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 2:43 pm

Jane Lawrence of Waddington took this shot of the replica HMS Bounty as it made its way up the St. Lawrence River in June 2010.

OGDENSBURG -- The Weather Channel will air a special tonight on the sinking of a “tall ship” that visited Ogdensburg two years ago.

The replica of the famous HMS Bounty was caught in 70 mph winds and high seas off the coast of North Carolina and sank during Hurricane Sandy last month.

Two crewmembers of the ship were lost -- one body was recovered, but the captain was never found, even after the Coast Guard searched for 90 hours over 12,000 square miles.

The storm left its crew members clinging to life rafts in 30-foot waves for hours until U.S. Coast Guard helicopters arrived.

The Weather Channel program premieres tonight at 8 p.m.

The Bounty came into the St. Lawrence Seaway in June 2010 as part of a gathering of tall ships in the Great Lakes and made a stop at the Port of Ogdensburg.

The Bounty was featured in numerous films starting in 1960 with “Mutiny on the Bounty” and most recently in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.”