Crew members to testify about sunken tall ship

POSTED: 6:52 AM Feb 15 2013   UPDATED: 6:55 AM Feb 15 2013
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PORTSMOUTH, Va. -

(AP) - Two crew members who were aboard the tall ship HMS Bounty when it sank during Hurricane Sandy are set to testify before a federal safety panel.
    
One member of the 18th-century replica ship's crew died and the captain was never found after the ship sank 90 miles off Cape Hatteras, N.C., during the October storm.
    
The Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board are holding hearings to determine what caused the ship to sink. Testimony by others has shown the ship's captain decided to sail directly into the storm knowing the Bounty had a rotted frame.
    
On Friday, the Bounty's third mate and boatswain are scheduled to testify.
    
The ship was built for the 1962 film "Mutiny on the Bounty" and appeared in other seafaring dramas.