The most interesting attraction of the Ostend at Anchor Sailing ship festival (see below) was of course "The Bounty" which was anchored there for this purpose.
The Bounty is one of the most famous ships in the world. Known for the mutiny which took place in Tahiti in 1789, a movie out of this story was made in 1962 "Mutiny on the Bounty" with Marlon Brando. For this purpose this replica was especially built in 1960 by Metro Goldwyn Mayer. Since her debut in “Mutiny on the Bounty”, the Bounty has appeared in many documentaries and featured films such as the Edinburgh Trader in "Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Mans Chest" with Jonny Depp.
Now the Bounty sails around the world and offers dockside tours in which one can learn about the history and details of sailing vessels from a lost and romanticized time in maritime history.
Of course lots of people visited the ship and some girls asked where Jonny Depp had been, they probably thought he would show up and say hello. What a disappointment !
you can read more about it here : The Bounty today
First thing I saw when I came out of the station was "The Bounty" very impressive view
Lots of visitors on board
a view from the other side. It was first sunny and an hour later clouds came up, that's why some pictures are with and some without blue sky !
The front of the ship
When I was on board I saw this huge steering wheel certainly not easy to handle
I don't remember what this was, I think something to fix the cords
With these wheels (?) the sails were held
Very thick cords
and little canons
In case of emergency !
Below is the entrance of the officer's quarters
very narrow not for big people
the officer's cabins left and right
The eating area
and the "chat" room
It all looked quiet modest and it was for officers ! I wonder where the poor simple sailors were housed. Must have been a terrible place !
The officer's beds looked rather comfy for the ships standards of course
the beds were not very big
At least some light coming in under deck
In a corner were these thick cords
another eating place with posters explaining the living conditions of the crew
Some decoration at the walls
Here you can read how the crew lived on board.
It's amazing that the sailors survived, if they all did ! Can you imagine that the 30 sailors had not a single bath during 7 months !