HMS Bounty, a cinematic replica of the ship sailed by Capt. Bligh in a famous 1789 mutiny, has sunk in stormy waters off North Carolina, an apparent casualty of Hurricane Sandy.
The Coast Guard says 14 persons were rescued from lifeboats within sight of the sinking three-masted ship and two others are missing.
The Tampa Bay Times is reporting on the sinking of the tall ship that spent years as a tourist attraction at the St. Petersburg Pier. It was built as an oversized prop for the 1962 film "Mutiny on the Bounty" starring Marlon Brando and appeared in other movies.
NBC News has more on the survivors rescued from the sinking Bounty:
They were flown to Air Station Elizabeth City in North Carolina where they were met by awaiting emergency medical services personnel, the Coast Guard said.
An aircraft was on the scene, searching for the two missing crew members, with a Jayhawk helicopter en route to assist.
"It appears that two crew members didn't make it on to the life rafts," Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Michael Patterson told NBC News. The Coast Guard was speaking with the rescued crew members to find out more details.
The ship issued a distress signal late Sunday after taking on water, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a release.
The Bounty was 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C., when the owner called saying she'd lost contact with the crew Sunday night, the AP reported.