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Nelson County man to testify on "pirate" ship sunk during Sandy

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A federal safety panel will meet in Portsmouth to figure out what lead to the sinking of a replica 18th-century sailing ship about 90 miles off Cape Hatteras. 

14 of the ship's crew members are expected to give testimonies, one of whom was Chris Barksdale from Nelson County. He was a handyman who had been on the ship for about two months before it sank.

During the storm, the H.M.S. Bounty lost power and was taking on about 2 ft. of water per hour. The crew was told to put on their survival suits and abandon ship into two life boats. They were later rescued by the coast guard. One crew member was killed, and the ship's captain was never found.

The ship was considered famous. It was used in several legendary movies, including the 1962 film "Mutiny on the Bounty" and one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

As the hearing gets started Tuesday, there's an effort underway in Hudson River City, New York to honor the ship and its crew.

One group is asking city officials for permission to install a memorial on the Hudson's west bank. 

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