I think of you every day Captain, you gave me the opportunity of a lifetime and I will always be so very grateful, I love you and miss you,
We will always remember and love you Robin.
Remembering you today, Robin, and your beautiful ship HMS Bounty. One year ago today we lost you both. You will be in our hearts forever.
such a tragedy, the world lost a great man and the sea lost a great sailor..i never met him personally but from what ive read and heard he was larger than life and will be missed by all who knew him, may you rest in peace captain!
Now it is 2 months later since the BOUNTY went down and we lost you. I still find it hard to talk with others and tell of what a fine, dignified leader and friend you were to me. From my first 10 weeks aboard in 1998 to my last sail with you in 2010 we shared many good stories, yarns and events. You were a sea captain cut from the same cloth as those from the Great Age of Sail! In your quiet way... you were bigger than life. My life is richer for knowing you Robin. My wishes go out to Claudia and her daughters. Fair winds, my friend...
Robin thank you for all you have done for me, came on boat as a kid left bounty as a women. My thoughts and prays go out to your family
Claudia you and your family are in my prayers
Robin you gave me so much. God keep you.
Thank you "A shipmate" for keeping this Guest Boook for Robin online for another year. Yesterday was way too soon to let go of this comforting site. I was not even a crew member, yet I think of Capt. Robin and the Bounty every day. Thanks again "A shipmate".
Sending my heartfelt condolences to the family. I love you Robin and I will never forget your kindness. See you in the next port.
My sympathy to the family of Capt. Robin from Capt. Debra Kellogg. He taught me everything I know about the sea and boats. He was my mentor and friend.
Capt. Debra Kellogg
Sincerest sympathy to you and your family. My husband, Bill Hopkins, was President Emeritus of the Bounty Foundation. He also was enamored with this great ship and his friend Capt. Robin.
I had some of the best days of my life on board the SV Governor Stone on Apalachicola Bay with Captain Robin. We miss him here.
My condolences go out to Robins family. He loved this magnificent ship and will forever we with her. I have loved the Bounty since I was a little girl-this HMS Bounty was beautiful. May you rest in peace.
I met Captain Walbridge in Norfolk VA at Harborfest, and had the very great honor to spend the night aboard the Bounty on two occasions. Captain Walbridge was an amazing person who seemed to belong to another era. The last time I saw him, he was sitting in the galley area mending his sails with a needle and thread. I asked him to sign a poster of the Bounty and with a big smile he said "I will"! I am horrified at the loss of the Bounty and of Captain Walbridge, and I wish his family and friends the Good Lord's peace and comfort at this very difficult time.
My prayers are with the Robin's family. I knew for over 15 years and had the Bounty stop in many Atlantic Canada ports. We lost a GREAT man and Ship RIP Robin
My thoughts and prayers are with you Claudia. I will always remember Robins warm welcome for Katie and I on the Bounty in Fall River, it was
Great. Love you. Sugar
I always lifted my eyes skyward when in a port town hoping to see the masts of the Bounty, so I could hop on board and say "Hi" to Captain Robin again.
I will always remember the kindness, fairness, and friendship he showed me when I was Bosun on the Bounty in the Summer of 2003.
My deepest sympathy to all of his friends and relatives.
Robin the Captin,
Robin the Diplomat,
Robin the Mechanic
Robin the Leader,
You always lead by example and got right in there to get the job done,
But most or all you were our friend and all round nice mr guy,
Every memeber of every crew who sailed under you; We all miss you, rest in peace x
Rest in Peace, Captain!!
Captain Walbridge was a great man. May he inspire us to be our best. He led an accomplished life.
Thank you, Captain, for bringing the Bounty back to her breathtaking glory and for sharing her with the world. All of us who stepped aboard and marveled at her beauty thank you for an incredible experience. May you and your family be proud of all that you accomplished and how many lives you touched.
AS a former crew member of the Bounty, I am heartbroken. God's peace, Robin.
Rest in Peace, Captain Robin. You and the Bounty will also be a part of our community.
I had the honor to meet Robin when he sailed the Suwannee Belle. I have thought of his sincere kindness he always showed, even while under duress. Our prayers go out to his family and his crew.
My deepest sympathy to you and your family during this sorrowful time, It was with great sadness that I heard of BOUNTY's fate. Robin taught me the basics of square-rigger sailing when I was preparing for command of USS CONSTITUTION ("Old Ironsides") in June 1999. He was a masterful teacher with deep respect for the sea and those who are drawn to maritime professions. It was an honor and privilege to have known Robin.
Captain Wlliam F. Foster, Jr., USN (Ret.)
66th in Command
I had the pleasure of a working with Robin when he worked for the same company as I did in Myrtle Beach years ago. A true gentlemen with great integrity and values! May the family find comfort in memories and the world has another angel looking over us. You will be greatly missed Robin!
Sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.
My deepest sympathies to Robin's family for the loss of such a kind man. It was my pleasure to have met him and I only wish that I could have met him again.
Robin - many, many years ago, when you were a Mate on HMS Rose, you welcomed aboard a person whose prior 'sailing' experience, up to that point at least, had consisted of paddling a canoe and being a passenger on a ferry. You treated this excited, albeit nervous, new sail trainee with infinite patience, warmth, and kindness - always happy to share your knowledge of, and love for, sailing a square rigger. What a memorable foray into the world of sailing one of these beautiful tall ships that became for me; a voyage that, as a result of your generous encouragement, would prove to be the first of many such exciting tall ship sailing adventures that this person hailing from the landlocked Prairies would embark upon in future years. Thank you Robin, my friend; I will cherish those memories. You helped to instill in me a love of tall ship sailing that continues unabated to this day. Had hoped to get a chance to sail with you on the Bounty some day; sadly that will never happen now.
Robin, you once told me that every seagull embodies the soul of a perished sailor; sadly you joined their ranks much too soon. May your kind and gentle soul find peace as you sail the winds of the sky as you once sailed the waves of the seas.
My deepest sympathies to Robin's wife, Claudia, and to all of his family. The world has lost a warm and caring man, and one heck of a sailor.
Robin was one of the best. Sailing with him and the Bounty in 2008 was a great experience which I will always be grateful for.
With fond memories in making your acquaintance in 2009 for a story I wrote about you and HMS Bounty. You crossed the seas in style.
Captain Robin, God Bless You, Claudia I am truly sorry for your loss.
I had the pleasure of meeting Captain Walbridge many times when the Bounty visited Halifax ,Nova Scotia.July 2012 we had a great chat in the Galley about the original crew & he was pleased to hear that my Dad grew up with the previous Captain Hugh Boyd & he told me he was well living in Florida & that there was still about 6 of the original still alive.He was also thrilled to know that I roamed the decks at age 3 when she was being built here in Nova Scotia.
The Bounty,Crew & Captain Robin were like an old friend or a favourite Uncle when ever I saw her sail our waters.I will forever miss them all.God Bless.
A HUI HOU- FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS
NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO
I never had the pleasure of knowing Captain Walbridge (nor seeing the HMS Bounty with my own eyes) but like so many, I have been deeply touched by the loss of this good man, and his beloved ship. I am so sorry for this tragedy and I am asking God to be with Captain Walbridge's grieving family, to comfort them and grant them that "peace that passes understanding." Shalom!
You know that the Great spirit needed a couple good sailors, and there they were! Never met the two of you, but those of us who have sailed these beautiful ships will keep you both in our hearts!
In as much as all the worlds oceans are connected, so shall we continue to be connected to Robin wherever we sail ....
I had the wonderful opportunity to work with this Fabulous Captain for 10 years. He taught me so much about Life, Love and Giving. He was a generous man, he was my mentor. Robin was so faceted.... a treasure trove of stories who had an uncanny ability to speak on any subject. Robin was the life line of Bounty, his blood ran through that ship....He was the Bounty! We lost far more then a Ship and her Captain, we lost a treasure who knew no bounds
"Life is short, very short, and what are we doing here if not trying to become more generous and loving?"
— George Saunders
Thank you Robin for being the loving and generous man you were......you taught me well.
Those who knew him can never forget the wonderful person robin was. I am consumed with this tradegy. Claudia and family, my deepest sympathy. Love. Capt. Jay
Godspeed Capt. ,I know your voyages are not over, Just set sail on this mast you are so familier with. The Bounty is ready
Was a pleasure to meet Capt Walbridge in Eastport Maine in Sept '12. HMS Bounty was the centerpiece of our pirate festival.
Words cannot express the depth of sorrow that I feel for the loss of such a dear person. I only knew Robin a short time, but was so very impressed with one thing he said during our interview so much, it prompted me to ask if there were any chance of having media sail aboard. I am so blessed to have seen him in action. Robin said that the best part of his day were the rare times when he was lucky enough to hear a 5 year old say, "This is the BEST DAY of my LIFE!" I asked him if knowing he was going to meet a kid like that in nearly every port made it easier to get through dicey weather. He chuckled at that. Robin inspired many with his love of sailing, he taught without even trying; he was down to earth enough to be thrilled with making a kid happy. That says volumes for the character and heart of a person who will be missed, not just from the close knit Bounty and Tall Ships families, but in every corner of the globe.
The sea has hugged a grand sailor and he shall be missed...
The call of the running tide, its a wild call and a clear call that cannot be denied.
So long cousin...you will be remembered. Much love to your family.
Claudia I pray that God embraces you with his almighty power to ease your pain and sorrow and give you and your loved ones comfort in your days ahead, forever remembered Thanks to Denise.. for our introduction ..jj Hunt
Robin opened my eyes to adventure and taught me how to live life. He invited me into a world where only amazing people exist :)
Godspeed to you, dear Captain. May you find peace on the seas of eternity. You touched the lives of many you never knew...you will be greatly missed.
So very sad to loose a friend in such a tragedy. Claudia, my thoughts are with you and I send you my love.
Robin gave his life to the thousands of young people he fostered on the Bounty. Having spent the majority of the last 18 years underway with no relief captain, I can think of no once else who more selflessly devoted their life to others. With every voyage Robin led, the crew would define their new Bounty community's culture unburdened by the histories and societies of the generations before them. The young rebel against such things and Robin bounced the ball back into our court to teach us the hard work of building communities rather than tearing them down. He taught us how to value our creation and the virtue of serving others to further our creation. There are many books written on who is the creator, what is creation, how it is created but damn few that we consider sacred. The Tall Ship Bounty Crew Manual that begins with a signed letter from Robin is one of those books.
RIP Captain Robin Walbridge.. My Deepest and Sincere Sympathy goes out to the Family and Friends from another Family member. I am the oldest daughter of Gerald Walbridge of Cabot Vermont. Knew Robin as Robert. Has been many years since last saw him. But have good memories of him when we were younger and of his family. Know he will be missed by many! God Bless you all. Sail on with the Angels
Capt Robin you will be greatly missed my time spent sailing with you and your bounty has tought me more than I will ever know rest well ribin
Robin will forever remain in my heart. He was a kind, gentle soul and will be greatly missed. Claudia, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Many blessings to you all. With love and best wishes -
All were enriched under your care.
Deeply sorry for yar lost. The captain was a true matey, always smilin' ta me. I will never forget him.
RIP Captain, your crew will love and respect you forever,
As the Albatross on the wing, crosses the rising sun, you WILL be remembered Captain Robin Walbridge... safe passage.
Claudia and family, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. My daughter sailed on Bounty for 9 months in 2009 and learned so much from the Captain, crew, and being aboard the ship. It was an experience of a lifetime -- one of many lives touched for the better by the Captain and his beloved Bounty. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers and we are so very sorry for your loss. Please be comforted in God's love and fond remembrances.
I can not thank you enough for all of your kindness. Know that you will always be remembered and never forgotten. Yes Robin, I will always have one clean engine room rag on hand for you.
I am so sorry for your loss and for our loss as well. I remember Captain Walbridge when the Bounty was here in Cleveland. I prayers go out to all his family and friends.
Prayers,peace and blessings to the Walbridge family.
Forty Fort, PA
Rest in peace and fair winds in heaven
Our deepest sympathy from Summerside Prince Edward Island Canada. We were fortunate to board the HMS Bounty in 2009 when it came to port. Captain Robin and crew welcomed the Staff of Downtown Summerside, Ron Casey, Barb Broome, myself, Virginia Kennedy, George Dalton and the Youth Ambassador group aboard the ship and gave us a tour. God Bless and Keep Captain Robin, and may his family and friends find peace knowing he is at peace.
Robin was a fine man and I will always treasure the time we shared together. When he was working as an engineer on the US Brig Niagara on the East Coast as a favor to his friend Captin Walter it was so cool to be able to play chess in the evenings when our work of the day was done. I hope in the future when we meet in Fidalers Green, that there is a chess board waiting for us so he can say, "Mr. Al are your ready to play?"
Sorry for the loss to The Capt.'s family and the loss to all who knew of him, and will miss him. I have had the good fortune to be on The HMS Bounty on both the East and West Coasts. The world has lost an amazing man.
God bless Captain Walbridge. I was fortunate enough to sail with him for a few years back. The time was brief, very brief, but his impact was lasting. My sincere condolences to his family and the many crew of the Bounty. I truly feel your loss.
The sea is not so deep that it drowns a soul... I will miss you, my friend.
The fire burned bright in him, and for a while it warmed us all. Claudia and family, you are in my prayers. With much love to you all,
As the wife of a Capt/Engineer of fishing vessels and tugboats we live with the fear of every storm, but know what are men are capable. Capt Walbridge sounds to have been a very wise, loving and thoughtful man. May God bless you and your families. Some never know that kind of love. The Paul family of Wanchese, NC
May this candle help to light your way...on this your final forever voyage
RIP Captain, you will be missed.
We were lucky to have had the opportunity to sail with the Bounty and join the crew in the Great Lakes. Captain Walbridge was welcoming and patient; very willing to share knowledge, listen to our giddy glee and answer questions (for the thousandth time, I am sure). We looked forward to his return next summer. Now we look forward to glimpsing him where the sea meets the sky. Claudia, we wish you and the entire HMS Bounty family strength and peace in the good memories you have shared together. You are all so wonderful to have shared Captain Walbridge with the rest of us.
I was honored to be a volunteer and sail the Bounty in St Petersburg,FL.I'll miss Robin and will always remember his leadership humble personality.
My American History students were lucky enough to get to tour the HMS Bounty when she docked in the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge, Louisiana nearly 10 years ago. Captain Walbridge was very welcoming and personally answered many quections from my students.
He made a real impression on us all. He was very tolerant and shared his knowledge without sounding like he was lecturing. We especially liked how we were allowed to explore the Bounty.
We have lost a great teacher. He was a true Captain and gentleman.
May God grant him eternal rest, and keep all his loved ones in your time of grief and loss.
Our grandfather carved the mast for the bounty... he left Norway on sailing vessel at age 15...would like to think he's one of the first to great robin in heaven... R.I.P mr. Walbridge
This kind & gentle soul, Capt Robin will never be gone from the lives he touched. I was privileged to have had the opportunity to know him. He will be missed.
May God bring you peace during this difficult time. My condolences to Claudia and the family.
I met the crew at Captain's Cove in Bridgeport CT.... my heart felt condolences to the Captain's family... there is a special place in heaven for those who preserve history....such as you... god speed.
Our prayers are with Robin wherever his eternal ship takes him. He surely gave to many others and made a lasting impact on many lives. God Bless and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
It was privilege to have sailed with Captain Robin. He was a happy man and will be missed by so many.
We visted the Bounty several times in Fall River, we are saddened by the loss of her Captain.
RIP Deepest sympathy ,Prayers 4 Walbridge family
Sailing with Captain Walbridge on The Bounty will always be one of the most memorable experiences of my life. God grant him rest and his family peace.
Fair winds and following seas. May God bless and lead this great captain to his eternal safe harbor, and shower comfort to all who morn this great loss. Well done brave sir, rest in peace.
Thank you, Captain Walbridge, for so generously sharing your love of the sea with so many of us landlubbers who got to briefly tread the Bounty's decks; for inspiring your crew and helping them all grow as sailors, and as people; and so lovingly protecting the heritage of Tall Ships.
Wishing calm waters for the family of Captain Walbridge.
We met the Captain in Duluth, Minnesota in 2010. He will always be in my memory. The Bounty was a beautiful craft. Peace and love to the Captain and his family and friends.
"We stand tall on the quarterdeck, all of us." May his family find comfort in their sorrow knowing that he stood tall in the end and may he rest in peace.
God bless your family and friends in their time of sorrow. Thank You for the wonderful memories aboard the Bounty
Flint Power Systems The John Deere Engine Distributor: Sends its heart felt condolences to the Captains Family, and the crew. God Speed Captain Walbridge
Our condolences to friends, Bounty crew and family.
A dear and sweet man. Giving of his time, talent, and knowledge. I grieve for Claudia as well as all whose lives were touched by Robin. He will be remembered and missed.
My heart is at a loss even though I didn't know this man. The second I read the news I could tell the world would change. Robin Walbridge's life is an example of "Living Big" and unselfishly. May all those who were lucky enough to know this man first hand find comfort. Live on in a big way to honor his contribution to others. That way his love will remain. Hugs!
Calm Seas Cap...I know you did your best. I never met you but wish I had...
Prayers and deepest sympathy to CAPT Walbridge's family, friends and crew. Fair winds and following seas!
Although I never met Robin, I feel as if I have lost a friend, as my daughter was a crew member under his command. She speaks highly of him and of the experiences that she had while sailing on The Bounty. Rest in peace, Captain! You had SUCH a positive impact on many young people--an amazing legacy that lives on!
So sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the love and compassion of your close and extended friends...God Bless you and keep you during this difficult time.
RIP Robin, a true sailor & captain...
RIP Captain Robin. It was an honor sailing under you this past summer 2012 in Nova Scotia and in 2010. May you sail with the angels. You will never be forgotten.
Thank you Captain ...See you on fildlers Green.
Steady as she goes Captain Walbridge. You were loved by everyone who sailed with you. All those young "would be sailors" loved and respected you so your life was not lived in vain. God speed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Much love.
My heart goes out to his wife Claudia, family and his beloved crew -such a fine man, Godspeed our love to you good sir.
Calm seas and fair winds, Captain. From the crew of the s/v Southern Star
I had the honor to sail the bounty under him in fall river mass. may he rest in peace.
I am honored to have met Robin and have the opportunity to sail on the Bounty when she was in Fall River, MA. Rest in peace Captain!
The Photographic Art Society sends it's prayers for Robin's family and we will miss his photographic talents at our club meetings. This is the image he submitted for one of our club meetings earlier this year. Robin was a kind and generous man.
A dear,sweet man who took a chance and helped give me the opportunity of a lifetime that I will never forget. Robin, you will be sorely missed,but never forgotten. Thank you for believing in me.
My thoughts and prayers are with you. You will always have memories. Celebrate how he lived and loved.
Love u Robin , I will miss u captain.
I read the beautiful, touching tribute to Captain Walbridge's life in the print version of my SP Times. This is a great loss to the world, and to his family and friends. An exceptional person who lived life fully and contributed so much. The account of his life I read today has inspired me, and I am sure will inspire many others. What a wonderful legacy. God Bless and keep you all. I am sure Captain Walbridge is smiling down on you.