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HMS Bounty to Visit Port Jefferson

Famous tall ship will be docked in the harbor for a weekend of fun and dockside tours.

The real Bounty is one of the most famous ships in the world. The mutiny that took place in Tahiti in 1789 on board the British transport vessel has been retold in countless books and movies.

The replica of the ship is a famous star all its own. It was originally built for the 1962 movie “Mutiny on the Bounty” with Marlon Brando. Since then, the HMS Bounty has appeared in many feature films and documentaries including a turn as the Edinburgh Trader in Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Mans Chest with Johnny Depp.

Now the Bounty sails all summer, stopping in at ports of call all over the country so visitors can climb aboard and tour the ship to learn about its histiory.

Locally, the HMS Bounty is famous for a different reason. In 2010 the ship was supposed to visit the village as a part of a pirate festival with tours and shipboard dining catered by local restaurants.

The highly anticipated  and the pirates that were supposed to accompany the ship's appearance due to unforeseen maintenance and repair work taking longer than originally anticipated.

Tracie Simonin, director of the HMS Bounty based in East Setauket, said that when the ship went to a yard in Maine to get its bottom painted and for regular maintenance, the work took longer than expected. She said that they also planned on replacing one of the ship's masts.

This time, the schedule is set and the HMS Bounty will be making its appearance, according to Port Jefferson village spokeswoman, Jill Russell.

The HMS Bounty will put in at the on Thursday, June 28. She is expected to stay on through Sunday, July 1.

"During her stay she will be open for dockside tours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 29 – July 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.," said Russell.

There will be much to see. The tallship has over 10,00 square feet of hand-sewn canvas for the sail, is 115 feet tall, 180 feet long and weighs 410 tons.

Tour prices will be $10 per adult, and $5 per child.   

Tickets are also available for special evening events for the on Saturday as well as the on Sunday. Sunday night ticket holders will also get a sneak peek inside the Long Island Music Hall of Fame immediately following their dockside reception.

For more information contact Jill Russell at (631) 418-6699.

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