Losing a tall ship which is historic is a loss to not just people who appreciate boats, but also to those whom appreciate history which is living in the present day. I have been lucky enough to have been on deck of the HMS Bounty while it had traveled through the Caribbean. The boat was treasured by people on every continent.
The HMS bounty now rests at the bottom of the ocean which gave her the storied tales all sailors wanted to be a part of.
HMS Bounty…at one with the sea…global voyager…movie star…dedicated to preserving the fine art of square-rigged sailing.
The HMS Bounty was one of the most famous ships in the world. Known for the storied mutiny that took place in Tahiti in 1789 on board the British transport vessel, the current Bounty, a replica, has survived to tell the tale. Built for the 1962 movie “Mutiny on the Bounty” with Marlon Brando, HMS Bounty sailed the country offering dockside tours in which one can learn about the history and details of sailing vessels from a lost and romanticized time in maritime history. Since her debut in “Mutiny on the Bounty”, HMS Bounty has appeared in many documentaries and featured films such as the Edinburgh Trader in Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Mans Chest with Johnny Depp.
On October 29, 2012 the Bounty and her crew were sailing from New London Connecticut to St Petersburg Florida for what would have been her final visit to the Pier in St Pete. During Hurricane Sandy, the crew was forced to abandon ship and the Bounty sank. It is with sadness in our hearts that 2 of the 16 crew members did not make it. Captain Robin Walbridge and Claudene Christian will forever be in our hearts. 14 of the crew were rescued and have been reunited with their families.
The boat and her crew not only live on through pictures but also through the memories of those lucky few like me who visited her decks and were awed in her presence. Thanksgiving was just a few days ago, yet I am so thankful for having been introduced to such an amazing boat.