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Bounty ship mutiny to be re-told
Replica of HMS Bounty
The replica of the Bounty visits Maryport for three days
Cumbria is commemorating the actions of one of its most famous sons with a visit by a replica of Fletcher Christian's Bounty.

Bad weather in the English Channel delayed the tall ship's arrival into Maryport harbour for the town's Georgian festival by 24 hours.

But the ship did finally arrive and will be open to the public for a third day on Monday.

Fletcher Christian, born near Cockermouth, led the mutiny in 1789.

'Living conditions'

Members of the Georgian Society will replay scenes from the famous mutiny, when Fletcher Christian took control of the Bounty from Captain Bligh, who will be played by former Allerdale Mayor Derek Thompson.

The replica includes displays of weaponry, the harsh discipline meted out to sailors and an insight into living conditions and navigation.

The ship was due to sail to Silloth on Monday, but the visit has been cancelled because of the delay in the journey from Boulogne in France.

Last year the ship's visit helped attract 10,000 visitors to the Maryport Festival.


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