CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — The mother of a woman who died when the HMS Bounty sank during Superstorm Sandy last year has filed a lawsuit against the owner of the 18th century replica.
The suit, filed Monday in federal court on Long Island, names as defendants Robert Hansen and the HMS Bounty Organization.
The HMS Bounty rolled over and sank during the storm Oct. 29 about 90 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. Fourteen of the 16 aboard were rescued.
Claudene Christian, 42, died after she and the other 14 crew members evacuated the ship in two lifeboats; the ship’s captain was never found.
In the suit, Christian’s mother accuses Hansen of negligence in allowing the ship to sail. She says the vessel wasn’t seaworthy and the captain shouldn’t have taken it out to sea.
Hansen’s attorney did not return a call Thursday seeking comment.
The ship with its three masts was built as a movie prop for the 1962 Marlon Brando film ‘‘Mutiny on the Bounty.’’ It had also been in other films, including one of the ‘‘Pirates of the Caribbean’’ movies.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the U.S. Coast Guard held hearings in February on what caused the ship sink. The Coast Guard investigation is still ongoing.