Claudene Christian was a graduate of University of Southern California, as well as a former Miss Teen Alaska. She also was the creator of “Cheerleader Dolls.” (See http://www.cheerleaderdollcompany.com/about/my-story for more information. You can read about Claudene Christian and even watch a video of her at that web site.)
An almost exact replica of the original, the HMS Bounty was built for the 1962 filming of the Hollywood Classic “Mutiny on the Bounty”, starring Marlon Brando, but also featured the helm used in the 1935 movie starring Clark Gable. In recent years, the Bounty made cameo appearances in a score of movies from “Treasure Island” and Spongebob Squarepants to “Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest.”
You can read more about this tragic story at http://goo.gl/UCj1L.
My thanks to newsletter reader Peter McCracken, publisher of ShipIndex.org, for telling me the sad news.