Richard and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have texted, e-mailed and/or called us during the last two days to check up on us here at Hodgdon Island Inn – we are greatly touched by your care and concern! It has kept us strong as we prepared for and waited out Hurricane Sandy. By the same token, we hope that all of you, our HII Alumni, your families, friends and relatives are safe. For those of you in areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy, know that your friends in the Boothbay Harbor Region of mid coast Maine, are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers as we follow the latest developments.
We are able to report that the inn along with the rest of the region is in pretty good shape, albeit a bit soggy and windblown. We once again have power and internet thanks to the dedicated and hardworking teams at Central Maine Power and Time Warner Cable.
It is with sadness, however, that we offer our deepest and most sincere sympathy to all the families, friends, colleagues and fellow sailors of the HMS Bounty. Fourteen crew members were rescued; one crew member is dead and another missing after a replica of the historic HMS Bounty, overhauled in recent years at the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, sank off the coast of North Carolina yesterday. The ship was well-known in Maine, where it had visited several ports this summer before docking at the Boothbay yard for some minor repairs.
The HMS Bounty replica was built in 1960, and was featured in the 1962 film “Mutiny on the Bounty,” starring Marlon Brando, and was also was used in “Treasure Island” in 1989 and two of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. Its permanent home was in Florida.