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Heading into the Light: The Lost Tall Ship HMS Bounty

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I took this shot a few months ago after the fireworks at the 2012 Gloucester Schooner Fest. I only realized the identity of this unusual ship was when reading news articles about the tall ship lost in Hurricane Sandy: the HMS Bounty

Along with having been built to star in the 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty, Bounty played the Edinburgh Trader, the ship destroyed by Davey Jones hench-monster Kraken in one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

Ironic that the church up the hill from the harbor, whose name is quite prominent over the photo on the map, is 'Our Lady of Good Voyage'.

There's a certain other fitting Gloucester photo here on Pan. that was named after an even more fitting poem that I'll re-copy here in homage:


I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,

And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,

And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide

Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;

And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,

And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,

To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife;

And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover

And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.

By John Masefield (1878-1967) English Poet Laureate, 1930-1967

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Comments (10)

Inspector H snaps on October 30, 2012

Hi Bits...bad news about the HMS Bounty, (and lost crew) the original so featured in our Pacific history.

Scorched Earth Photo… on October 31, 2012

A fitting tribute to those who sail the Tall Ships ( past , present , and future ) Bits-n-Pieces - few photographers are paparazzi , most are Historians , and I believe you captured the Hms factor with this image .

Bits-n-Pieces on October 31, 2012

Thanks H and Waldo! It was certainly sad to realize that the ship I photographed a few months ago was the now-sunken Bounty. Such a cool beauty of a ship.

diannemcd on October 31, 2012

Amazing Bits, this is now a part of history, sad as it is..

Paco Ciclon on November 1, 2012

Genial nocturna el navío es encantador, me gusta

tmoj on November 1, 2012

Hi Amelia,

only after reading the sad news of sinking of Bounty I realized that there are more than one Bounty. I took a trip on board the Bounty in Sidney back in 1992. But it was a newer fake with steel hull only covered by wood planks to make it look old. It had also been built for a film I think early 80's.

Great shot with wonderful light and detail. Added to my favourites.

Best wishes, Timo

Bits-n-Pieces on November 2, 2012

Hi Timo - Thanks! Interesting that there's another Bounty out there. I didn't post this for a long time because of the lens flare on the left side, even though I cleaned the lens prior to the shots. But now that gives a bit of foreshadowing to the photo...Hope you're doing well. (p.s. - I'm not Amelia - wouldn't want to take any credit for her photos of your country! I'm just Kamalyn's second page.) Cheers!

Gracias Elreydeltractor. Un barco hermoso que fue lamentablemente acaba de perder en el mar.

Hi Di! Very sad indeed, and so avoidable.

Marbiz on November 2, 2012

A fitting tribute K for a great tall ship.

tmoj on November 2, 2012

Sorry Kamalyn,

must have been too tired last night when writing the comment after almost one week of long work days and long flights to Indonesia last weekend. I was just quickly browsing a few pictures in Panoramio finding this pearl of yours and guess had popped also to Amelia's gallery, although was writing only this one comment.

Best regards


Bits-n-Pieces on November 4, 2012

Thanks M! So sad that such a cool ship that represented an interesting history has sunk, but it sure is bewildering that, with all the well-publicized predictions about this storm for at least a week before they even set sail, they intentionally sailed right into the storm. This time the crew certainly should have mutinied!

Timo - Thanks ago for such flattering praise of this photo! And your memory of your sail is spot on. This description is included in the Wikipedia page for the HMS Bounty:

"A second Bounty replica, named HMAV Bounty, was built in New Zealand in 1979 and used in the 1984 Dino De Laurentiis film The Bounty. The hull is constructed of welded steel oversheathed with timber. For many years she served the tourist excursion market from Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia, before being sold to HKR International Limited in October 2007. She is now a tourist attraction (also used for charter, excursions and sail training) based in Discovery Bay, on Lantau Island in Hong Kong, and has an additional Chinese name 濟民號."

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  • Uploaded on October 30, 2012
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    by Bits-n-Pieces
    • Taken on 2012/09/01 21:37:23
    • Exposure: 10.000s
    • Focal Length: 29.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/10.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO250
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash