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Shipyard Official: Rotted Frame Not Fixed Before Bounty Set Sail

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows the HMS Bounty, a 180-foot sailboat, submerged in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Sandy approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Surviving crew members will testify as a federal safety panel meets Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 in Portsmouth, Va. to examine what led to the sinking of the replica 18th-century sailing ship during Hurricane Sandy. One member of the HMS Bounty's crew died and the captain was never found after the ship sank 90 miles off Cape Hatteras, N.C., during the October storm. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Tim Kuklewski, File)

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows the HMS Bounty, a 180-foot sailboat, submerged in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Sandy approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Surviving crew members will testify as a federal safety panel meets Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 in Portsmouth, Va. to examine what led to the sinking of the replica 18th-century sailing ship during Hurricane Sandy. One member of the HMS Bounty's crew died and the captain was never found after the ship sank 90 miles off Cape Hatteras, N.C., during the October storm. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Tim Kuklewski, File)

Portsmouth, Va. (ap) — A Maine shipyard official says the frame of a replica 18th-century sailing ship that sank during Hurricane Sandy was rotted.

Todd Kosakowski told federal investigators last week he discovered the rot when the HMS Bounty underwent repairs at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard in Maine.

The ship was having several planks replaced before heading to Florida. He says he showed the ship’s captain what he found, but the captain chose not to have it fixed before departing because of the expense and time it would have taken.

The ship later sank 90 miles off Cape Hatteras, N.C., during the October storm.

One member of the HMS Bounty’s 16-person-crew died and the captain was never found. The ship was built for the 1962 film Mutiny on the Bounty and appeared in other seafaring dramas.