Fletcher Christian, who led the famous mutiny against Captain William Bligh on the HMS Bounty in 1789, perished today when the replica Bounty was damaged in Hurricane Sandy. Claudene was a member of the crew aboard the replica Bounty that was constructed for the 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty. She had always been interested in the ship because of her ancestry and joined the crew in May of this year.
The Bounty left Connecticut last week headed to St. Petersburg, Florida. It was caught in Hurricane Sandy on Monday afternoon and heavily damaged. Fourteen of the sixteen crew members were saved by a U.S. Coast Guard rescue team. Claudene was found unresponsive in the water and passed away in an Elizabeth City, North Carolina hospital this evening.
I knew Claudene from when I was in the USC Marching Band. She became a song girl (cheerleader) in her freshman year, which was my last year in the band. My deepest sympathies to her family and to the greater USC family on her passing.
Genealogy is like a jigsaw puzzle, but you don't have the box top, so you don't know what the picture is supposed to look like. As you start putting the puzzle together, you realize some pieces are missing, and eventually you figure out that some of the pieces you started with don't actually belong to this puzzle. I'll help you discover the right pieces for your puzzle and assemble them into a picture of your family.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Descendant of HMS Bounty's Fletcher Christian Perishes in Hurricane
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Thanks for posting this. I'm a fan of ships and the sea (also genealogy) and wondered about the surname "Christian." I'm very sorry about your friend.ReplyDelete
Thank you for writing. I guess with the surname "Christian" and the Bounty, you would have to wonder, wouldn't you?
My sympathies to her family - and I hope that someone has that famous family tree documented somewhere. It would be fascinating to see.ReplyDelete
It would indeed be interesting to see the family tree. I've received two calls this morning from news agencies asking me if Claudene really was a descendant of Fletcher Christian. Under other circumstances I might try doing the research to verify it, but since I knew her, I would feel uncomfortable if I found out the claim wasn't accurate.ReplyDelete
My sympathies to the family too. I'm a sixth great grandchild of Fletcher Christian which would make Claudene and myself somewhat distantly related. If you do research and need assistance with descendants of Fletcher Christian I can provide some information.Delete
Thank you, Chris. If you want to send your e-mail address privately to me at email@example.com, I can put you in touch with one of the people who asked me about Claudene's ancestry. - JaniceDelete
Interesting reading and very sad about the loss of life on the Bounty. How did you go with your hunt on history? I am from Norfolk Island and also a descendant, I would be interested to hear as I have some knowledge or this matter.
I chose not to do the research myself because I knew Claudene. I put the reporters who contacted me in touch with another descendant who e-mailed me. I don't hear what the results were, unfortunately.
Oh, wow! I just found out that I was mentioned in a Chicago Tribune article about Claudene and the Bounty:ReplyDelete