The National Transportation Safety Board says the former captain of a replica 18th-century sailing ship that sank off North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy made a reckless decision to sail into the storm.
The HMS Bounty sank about 160 kilometres south of Cape Hatteras during the October 2012 storm.
One member of the 16-person-crew died and the captain was never found.
Three other crew members were injured.
In its report released today, the safety board says sailing into the well-forecast storm subjected the aging vessel and an inexperienced crew to conditions that the vessel couldn't surmount.
The three-masted sailing ship was built at Smith and Ruhland Shipyard in Lunenburg, N.S., for the 1962 film "Mutiny on the Bounty" starring Marlon Brando.