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. We thank the USCG and the Red Cross for all of their help during the tragedy. We will forever be grateful.