‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ ship will be open for tours

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BATH —The three-mast tall ship HMS Bounty, due to arrive at Maine Maritime Museum on Thursday, May 20, will be open for public visitation this weekend.

The ship is a full-scale reproduction of the original British merchant ship that gained notoriety following the successful mutiny by a portion of the ship’s crew during a voyage to Tahiti and the West Indies. The event was the basis of the 1960s movie “Mutiny on the Bounty,” starring Marlon Brando as Fletcher Christian.

Today’s Bounty was built in 1960 for the filming of the movie as an exact replica of the original vessel. The ship has since been used in other movies, including most recently in “Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest.”

The ship was purchased in 2001 by The HMS Bounty Organization LLC whose mission is to keep the ship sailing and to use her as a vehicle for teaching the nearly lost arts of square rigged sailing and seamanship.

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HMS Bounty sails the country offering dockside tours in which one can learn about the history and details of such sailing vessels from a lost and romanticized time in maritime history.

The ship is currently on a voyage to participate in the 2010 Great Lakes United Tall Ships Challenge and will return to its winter home in Florida in early November.

Bounty will be open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for those under 18 years old. Each paid visitor will receive a coupon good for half-price admission to Maine Maritime Museum during the weekend.

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