Shipyard to be questioned about sunken tall ship

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Associated Press

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 5:07 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 13 at 7:33 AM

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — Officials from a Maine shipyard that worked on a replica 18th-century sailing ship that sank during Hurricane Sandy will testify at a Coast Guard hearing in Virginia.

The HMS Bounty underwent repairs at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard in Maine several weeks before the ship 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.

Coast Guard officials started hearing testimony on Tuesday from surviving crew members. On Wednesday, Boothbay Harbor Shipyard officials are scheduled to testify.

The hearing is expected to last through Feb. 21.

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