Robin WALBRIDGE
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WALBRIDGE, Robin dearly loved captain of the HMS Bounty, has gone to his eternal rest, and passed from this world to the next while following the passion of his life. Robin was born Oct. 25, 1949. From the start, Robin charted his own course and followed his own stars. His course led him across the globe, but he was anchored in four loves: youth, the sea, the HMS Bounty, and his beloved Claudia. His passion for teaching held no bounds. From taking adjudicated "hard core" youth to sea, to developing training programs for children with disabilities, Robin believed that ships were living classrooms. Countless scores of children and adults found purpose in their lives while on the decks under Robin's tutelage. Robin, nonetheless, believed that the sea was the true teacher-a place where those who searched could find meaning. His love for the sea had early childhood beginnings: a mother who encouraged him to smell the salt air, to touch the slippery seaweed and examine the seashells. Since the day he borrowed a sailboat at age 18, "the sea cast its spell on him and held him in its net of wonder" for the rest of his life. He went on to chart an amazing nautical career that spanned the gamut, beginning as a field mechanic on Miller houseboats on the Suwanee River. He went on to mate and captain such vessels as the Governor Stone, the Bill of Rights, the Heritage of Miami, and the HMS Rose. The highlight of the captain's stellar career was the two years and 15 voyages training the crew of the U.S.S. Constitution. Robin was honored by being asked to be at the helm of "Old Ironsides" as the guest Captain/Advisor for her "awe inspiring" first sail in 116 years. For Robin, the HMS Bounty was a labor of love, an extension of himself. After taking the helm in 1995, under different owners and multiple crews, Robin took a near derelict movie prop vessel and helped transform her into an ambassador of peace and goodwill for hundreds of thousands of adoring fans worldwide. Under Captain Walbridge, the Bounty has spanned the globe, highlighted by ports of call in Boothbay Harbor, Barcelona, Scotland, Norway, Halifax, and Gdansk. Despite his world travels, Robin cherished the quality time spent with the love of his life, Claudia. In his spare time, Robin was also an excellent amateur photographer, and a master craftsman of furniture and kayaks. An accomplished story teller, he enjoyed swapping tales of his adventures with his many close friends. Robin, son of the late Howard and Anna (Palmer) Walbridge, is survived by his beloved wife and soul mate, Claudia McCann; step-daughter, Shelly McCann; and granddaughter, Tara McCann, both of Fall River MA; his step-mother, Alice Walbridge; his sister, Lucille Walbridge Jansen; step-brother, Steve Patterson, all of Vermont; and a sister, Delia Walbridge-Gosik of Poland. Wherever his next adventure may take him, we know that this gentle soul, this quiet, self-effacing man, will have only one request: "A tall ship, and a star to steer her by." To celebrate his life, Robin's family will be holding a private memorial service.


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Published in Tampa Bay Times on Nov. 6, 2012.
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April 21, 2017
Remembering my good friend every day.
Cpt. Jay
April 20, 2017
Rest in peace..rest in peace
Capt. Glenn horton
December 5, 2015
Remembering you.
October 30, 2015
Never forgotten.
December 1, 2014
Remembering you, Robin and your beautiful tall ship HMS Bounty.
November 1, 2014
Remembering you and HMS Bounty; what a great loss.
October 31, 2014
Miss you Capt. Robin. Thinking of you, and thankful to have known you. I will never forget. Calm seas my friend
Capt. Debra.
Debra Kellogg
October 29, 2014
Hard to believe that two years have already passed since the Bounty went down and you were lost. Think of you every day. Miss your Captain Robin. Wish you were still with us.
October 28, 2014
Nothing is forgotten...
<3
A shipmate
October 28, 2014
Fair winds always and enjoy the calm sea,s on the Bounty.....
October 26, 2014
effrem pyatt
October 26, 2014
Claudia I think of you often, and of course with every reminder of the loss of the great ship 'The Bounty " as well as The Captain, your Robin come to mind, such a tragedy. I hope you have peace & calm in your life today!
jj Hunt
October 25, 2014
Miss you Captain Robin.
December 7, 2013
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,
Robyn Marwick
October 30, 2013
We will always remember and love you Robin.
October 29, 2013
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.
Holly Garcia
February 16, 2013
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!
jay borden
December 11, 2012
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...
December 11, 2012
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
Katie DePrato
December 11, 2012
Claudia you and your family are in my prayers
Jane Pereira
December 10, 2012
Robin you gave me so much. God keep you.
Steve DaCosta
December 7, 2012
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".
Holly Garcia
December 5, 2012
Playing Chess with Robin on the Brig Niagara was awesome!
Al Sorkin
December 5, 2012
Robin sailed with me on the Niagara in 2000
Al Sorkin
December 3, 2012
Sending my heartfelt condolences to the family. I love you Robin and I will never forget your kindness. See you in the next port.
Barbara
November 24, 2012
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
Capt. Debra Kellogg
November 21, 2012
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.
Maggie Hopkins
November 19, 2012
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.
Kristin Anderson
November 17, 2012
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.
Sharon Decarolis
November 17, 2012
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.
Kathryn Sowder
November 16, 2012
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
Ron Casey
November 15, 2012
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
Darlyne Schugars
November 14, 2012
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.
Mark Meninga
November 14, 2012
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
Sarah Bennett
November 12, 2012
Captain Walbridge in Port Washington, WI, 2010
Stephen Geis
November 12, 2012
Green Bay WI Tall Ship Fest 2010
Sharon L. Dowis
November 12, 2012
Rest in Peace, Captain!!
November 11, 2012
Captain Walbridge was a great man. May he inspire us to be our best. He led an accomplished life.
William Chinnock
November 11, 2012
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.
Holly Garcia
November 11, 2012
AS a former crew member of the Bounty, I am heartbroken. God's peace, Robin.
November 11, 2012
Rest in Peace, Captain Robin. You and the Bounty will also be a part of our community.
Robin Wood
November 11, 2012
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.
Elizabeth Endsley
November 11, 2012
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
"Old Ironsides"
Bill Foster
November 9, 2012
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!
Christine Beattie
November 9, 2012
Sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.
Daralyn Troutt
November 9, 2012
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.
Steven Brown
November 8, 2012
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.
Barb Johnstone
November 8, 2012
John Link
November 8, 2012
John Link
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John Link
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John Link
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John Link
November 8, 2012
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.
John Link
November 8, 2012
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.
John Bailey
November 8, 2012
Captain Robin, God Bless You, Claudia I am truly sorry for your loss.
Donna Arruda-Ferreira
November 8, 2012
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.
Dwight Parker
November 7, 2012
A HUI HOU- FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS
NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO
DANI SETTLE
November 7, 2012
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!
Elizabeth Jurenovich
November 7, 2012
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!
Nessa Davis-Henry
November 7, 2012
In as much as all the worlds oceans are connected, so shall we continue to be connected to Robin wherever we sail ....
Ed Steiner
November 7, 2012
Robin and Marcia in a meal conversation
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.
~Miss Margaret~
Margaret Ramsey-Cosgrove
November 7, 2012
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
Jay Boland
November 7, 2012
when met again in savannah,
Godspeed Capt. ,I know your voyages are not over, Just set sail on this mast you are so familier with. The Bounty is ready
Bob & Judith Fedeli
November 7, 2012
Was a pleasure to meet Capt Walbridge in Eastport Maine in Sept '12. HMS Bounty was the centerpiece of our pirate festival.
Dean Pike
November 7, 2012
Robin in the Great Cabin, September 4, 2012
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.
L. Jaye Bell
November 7, 2012
The sea has hugged a grand sailor and he shall be missed...
Anita Mixon
November 7, 2012
Godspeed Capt. ,I know your voyages are not over, Just set sail on this mast you are so familier with. The Bounty is ready
Bob & Judy Fedeli
November 7, 2012
The call of the running tide, its a wild call and a clear call that cannot be denied.
Marcia Rennie
November 7, 2012
So long cousin...you will be remembered. Much love to your family.
Michael Walbridge
November 7, 2012
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
November 7, 2012
Robin opened my eyes to adventure and taught me how to live life. He invited me into a world where only amazing people exist :)
mitchelL mallen
November 7, 2012
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.
Elizabeth Sparrow
November 7, 2012
So very sad to loose a friend in such a tragedy. Claudia, my thoughts are with you and I send you my love.
Josée
November 7, 2012
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.
Evan Rickett
November 7, 2012
In Memory of Captain Robin Walbridge
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
Marilyn Smith
November 7, 2012
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
Aaron Buzzell
November 7, 2012
Stu. harris
November 7, 2012
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 -
Julie Letourneau
November 7, 2012
Donna Haney
November 7, 2012
All were enriched under your care.
Leon Gustus
November 7, 2012
Deeply sorry for yar lost. The captain was a true matey, always smilin' ta me. I will never forget him.

-Caribbean Pearl
Sandra Rozar
November 7, 2012
RIP Captain, your crew will love and respect you forever,
Marcia Fox
November 6, 2012
As the Albatross on the wing, crosses the rising sun, you WILL be remembered Captain Robin Walbridge... safe passage.
Stu Harris
November 6, 2012
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.
November 6, 2012
RIP Captain
Faron McLay
November 6, 2012
Captain Robin,
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.
Don Johnson
November 6, 2012
Sending prayers!
November 6, 2012
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.
DeeAnn Tokar
November 6, 2012
Prayers,peace and blessings to the Walbridge family.

Dee Rittinger
Forty Fort, PA
November 6, 2012
Rest in peace and fair winds in heaven
Henk Ahrens
November 6, 2012
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.
Virginia Kennedy
November 6, 2012
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?"
November 6, 2012
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.
November 6, 2012
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.
Timothy Wilder
November 6, 2012
Atlantic crossing, July 2009
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,
Arlene Benham
November 6, 2012
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
Kim & Michael Paul
November 6, 2012
You will be missed.
Kelly Hession
November 6, 2012
May this candle help to light your way...on this your final forever voyage
Patti Carlino
November 6, 2012
Let the light shine.
RIP Captain, you will be missed.
Deon Marlow
November 6, 2012
Captain Walbridge and the crew prepare to sail out of Port Washington, WI to Tall Ships Festival in Chicago, IL
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.
Kate & Eric Hauk
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