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Marlon Brando

Local captain baffled by HMS Bounty accident

When Jan Miles got word that HMS Bounty, the famed ceremonial tall ship, had sunk off the coast of North Carolina in the monster Hurricane Sandy early Monday morning, he felt profoundly the loss of a historic vessel — and worried over the possible fates of the two crew members who have yet to be found in what were 40-foot waves earlier in the day.

"The ship has given a lot of joy and happiness to a wide range of people," said Miles, captain of the locally-based tall ship Pride of Baltimore II. "In that sense alone this is very bad news. And if there's loss of life, holy cow, there's no ambivalence about that. What a tragedy that will be."

But Miles feels...