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Tall Ship The Bounty

In August 2007, the tall ship The Bounty, visited Maryport on the west coast of Cumbria. The ship, a replica of the one famed for the 1789 mutiny between Fletcher Christian and Captain Bligh in the South Pacific, docked in the tiny port as part of a world voyage which continues through 2008.

In August 2007, the tall ship The Bounty, visited Maryport on the west coast of Cumbria. The ship, a replica of the one famed for the 1789 mutiny between Fletcher Christian and Captain Bligh in the South Pacific, docked in the tiny port as part of a world voyage which continues through 2008.

It was built in the 1960’s and used in the MGM film Mutiny on the Bounty starring Marlon Brando as Fletcher Christian. Christian was a Cumberland lad, having been born just inland from Maryport on a farm near Cockermouth, which was probably the reason the ship stopped off here. Local press reports also suggested that this particular ship had starred as The Black Pearl in Pirates of the Caribbean, this time with Johnny Depp at the helm as Captain Jack Sparrow. I’ve seen other reports that suggest this is not entirely true, and that the ship may have been in the film briefly, but not as The Black Pearl. I don’t know, I’m not that much of a fan.

The organizers were making gain out of this claim though, having a Johnny Depp look-a-like on deck, signing posters as Capt. Jack for 50p a time. There were plenty in the queue for that, so bounty was forthcoming from the amassed hordes who’d already paid to get on board. Piracy on the high seas? I wouldn’t dare to say. Aside from all that, after queuing for an hour to get on board, myself and daughter, Daisy, weren’t as impressed as with other tall ships we’ve seen. Still, it was worth the drive across the Lake District, and if it docks anywhere near you do visit, even if you just Lomo from dry land.

http://www.tallshipbounty.org/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cumbria/6945406.stm
http://www.lareau.org/christia.html

written by grimbyname

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