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News: Sailing Ship HMS Bounty : A Luxurious Ship Come Sailing Yacht

May 24, 2010 by Superyacht News
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The legendary HMS Bounty with a powerful history of showcasing films is now available for sale with WME Yachts for US$4.9 million and might also be showcased at Cannes Film Festival 2010. Being an eminent part of cinematic history, this ship resembles classical square-rigged yachting and has entertained audiences with films like Treasure Island, Mutiny on the Bounty, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Smith and Ruhland were the builders hired by MGM Studios for constructing HMS Bounty. Before being broken down in 1970, the ship which had three masts was transformed into an armed tall ship. The reproduced model was 54m long and featured the same classic maritime design as the former ship. This included an enhanced eight-foot ceiling ‘tween’ decks for film crews. In 1960, the ship was constructed for the film Mutiny featuring Marlon Brando to recreate the scene of the real famed ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ which featured the original HMS Bounty yacht of 1784.

Later, HMS Bounty was bought by the HMS Bounty Organisation LLC and a series of renovation and repair work was carried out on the ship between 2001 and 2006. The restoration activities were conducted in three stages. In the first level, it was decided to replace the hull which included destroying the ship by consuming 30,000 gallons of water per hour. The second stage at Bayou Le Batre, Alabama involved refitting of nine of the ships sails and rigging to set it ready for an appearance in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. The concluding phase of renovation consisted of refitting of deck and superstructure, replacement of the planks on the deck and the ribs. However, it called for tremendous efforts from the Shipwrights and crew to refit the exterior and gut the interior.

In 2007, HMS Bounty was through with the renovation and embarked on a world tour from Novia Scotia to Britain. Before this it recreated Captain Bligh’s original voyage of the Bounty in 1787 while halting at Africa’s Cape of Good Hope, New Zealand and Tahiti in October 2008. Thereafter, the crew moved to Pitcairn Island, Easter Island and the Galapagos before coming back to the US via the Panama Canal in January 2009.

From the viewpoint of John Ryan of WME Yachts, HMS Bounty can be purchased by anybody who knows the value and can appreciate the ship and its history and also has knowledge about its commercial application.

A variety of programmes such as education for primary and secondary schools, square rigged sailing training, group leadership and summer sailing camps are also conducted using HMS Bounty. At present, it is considered to be the best square rigged vessels available for commercial purpose. While it has a record of attending various festival and high profile events, it can easily accommodate 12 passengers and 18 crew members.

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