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Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 August 2007, 07:37 GMT 08:37 UK
Tall ship Bounty visits Cumbria
HMS Bounty
Visitors to the Bounty will be allowed below deck, her captain said
A world-famous tall ship is due to dock in West Cumbria ahead of an epic recreation of one of history's most infamous voyages.

Bounty, which features in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, will spend three days in Maryport.

Built in 1962, the ship is due to replicate its namesake's ill-fated 1789 trip to Tahiti, which saw Maryport-born Fletcher Christian lead a mutiny.

On Monday, it anchored four miles off the town due to bad weather.

Bounty has just completed a restoration and will undertake a seven-week UK tour prior to embarking on a world tour via South Africa and New Zealand to Pitcairn and Tahiti.

It was also used in the Mutiny on the Bounty film, starring Marlon Brando, which told the story of the ill-fated trip when Christian took control of the Bounty with 11 other mutineers in the Pacific Ocean.

Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp captained the ship in the Pirates of the Caribbean

Captain William Bligh and 18 loyal crewmen were set adrift in the ship's 23-foot launch, eventually reaching safety.

The ship's present-day captain, Robin Walbridge, said: "Ships of this size are very unique and there are only a couple that are about this size.

"This one is actually twice as large as Bligh's original and is an accurate replica of an 18th Century square-rigged ship.

"We're going to be open for tours in Maryport and people are going to be able to go below deck and look inside the ship, which is quite unusual as visitors are usually restricted to the outside."

Weather permitting, the Bounty will dock in Maryport on Tuesday and open to visitors on Wednesday and Thursday.


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