Insurer Sues Owner of Tall Ship That Sank in Sandy

NEW YORK (AP) -
The HMS Bounty, a 180-foot sailboat, which was later submerged in the Atlantic Ocean during Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
The HMS Bounty, a 180-foot sailboat, which was later submerged in the Atlantic Ocean during Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

An insurance company is suing the owner of an 18th-century replica sailing ship that sank during Superstorm Sandy.

Acadia Insurance Co. sued Robert Hansen to recoup $5 million in payouts after the three-masted HMS Bounty sank off North Carolina in 2012. One of the 16 crew members died and the captain was never found.

The National Transportation Safety Board noted some problems with the 50-year-old ship but largely faulted the captain for sailing into the storm’s path.

Acadia says the Setauket, New York-based Hansen didn’t disclose leaky areas and other “unseaworthy conditions,” so his insurance contract should be voided.