Monday, June 06, 2011

THE BOUNTY Famous Sailing ship

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 !

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13 comments:

J Bar said...

Great shots.
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ewok1993 said...

very impressive boat.

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous ship and you did get some fantastic captures, Gattina! I love those old ships and would love to see that one! Terrific post and photos for the day! Hope you have a good week!

Sylvia

jabblog said...

Very interesting. I didn't know the derivation of eating with elbows on the table being bad manners - fascinating.

Gracie said...

I like so much old ships like this one (and old submarines too). Every time I run into one of those while vacationing abroad I don't miss the chance to visit it, it's really a gret experience.

Gary said...

Great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

ladyfi said...

What marvellous shots. I*m glad I didn't have to travel by that boat though...

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

I saw the one photo you had on another blog of yours...didn't realize you had all this!!! How super!!

Thanks for the invite Ms. G!!!!

Loree said...

It must have been very smelly on the ship :) It is a beautiful ship though. They don't make them as beautiful any more do they?

Reader Wil said...

Excellent photos! I like the old sailingboats, the tall- ships. My father was a chief engineer on board a merchantman.At home we all liked ships and we sailed several times from Holland to Indonesia and back after 5 years.Thank you for showing these beautiful photos.

eileeninmd said...

What a great tour of the Bounty. It is a gorgeous ship. Wonderful photos.

Trotter said...

Hi Gattina! With the long weekend here in Lisbon (four days off...), I finally manage to stroll around Blogosphere...

I've seen the Bounty in several different places, but never got inside... So this was really a treat!!

Blogtrotter Two is visiting some beautiful villages... Enjoy and have a splendid weekend!!

Margaret said...

Very nice photos!
It has been a few years since I was on the Bounty.

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