HMS Bounty to sail into St. Augustine, FL

Real Estate Agent with Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage

The HMS Bounty, a replica of one of the most famous ships in the world, will sail into St. Augustine, Fl on April 25, 2012. The ship was built for the 1962 MGM movie, “Mutiny on the Bounty” starring Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard. The Bounty has also appeared in several other motion pictures over the years, including “Treasure Island,” and two of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies starring Johnny Depp.

The tall ship HMS Bounty sails on Lake Erie off Cleveland Wednesday, July 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)  Mark Duncan

(AP PHOTO/Mark Duncan)


The Bounty, which has just begun its 2012 East Coast tour, will come through the St. Augustine Inlet, possibly as early as Wednesday, and tie up at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, where she will be available to the public for tours Friday, April 27th through Sunday, April 29th.

The ship is widely known for the 1789 mutiny that took place aboard the ship, which had been tasked with obtaining breadfruit in Tahiti and delivering it to the West Indies to feed slaves. The mutiny has been the subject of several books, films, and popular songs during the more than 200 years since. The mutiny was led by master’s mate Fletcher Christian against the now infamous commander, Lt. William Bligh. He is generally referred to as “Captain Bligh,” since he served in that capacity on the ship.

Saturday, April 28, 2012 marks the 223rd anniversary of the mutiny, which took place on April 28, 1789.

The current Bounty, at 180 feet overall, is a bit bigger than the original, Tracie Simonin, director of the HMS Bounty said.

“She was built one third larger to accommodate the cameras and film crew for the movie,” she said. “But she is a faithful replica in every other way, constructed of wood using the original plans for the ship from British Naval records, just up-sized proportionally.” Another difference between the current Bounty and the original is the addition of two 375 horsepower John Deere diesel engines.

The replica was built in Lundenberg, Nova Scotia, and it was the first three-masted sailing vessel to be launched there since the 1880s. According to the Internet Movie Database, 400,000 feet of lumber were used, 10,000 square yards of canvas were sewn by hand and 10 miles of rope were rigged for the reconstructed version of HMS The Bounty. After construction, the ship then sailed the 7,000 miles from Nova Scotia to Tahiti for filming.

The Bounty later appeared at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. It was afterward berthed in St. Petersburg, Fla., until 2008. For most of those years, the ship was still owned by MGM. The current owner, Robert Hansen, purchased the Bounty in 2001

If you’re going;

What: The HMS Bounty, a replica of the historic British merchant ship infamous for the 1789 mutiny led by Fletcher Christian against Capt. William Bligh. The ship was built for the 1962 MGM film, “Mutiny on the Bounty,” starring Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard and Richard Harris.

Where: St. Augustine Municipal Marina (next to the Bridge of Lions)

When: Open for tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday through Sunday.

Tickets to tour the ship only are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets to tour the museum only are regular prices: $12.99 adults, $6.99 kids (5-12 years) and under 5 free. Tickets to tour the ship only are available at the marina. Ticket to tour the ship and the museum are available at the marina, the museum website and at the museum.

For more information, go to or call 631-584-7900

If you would like to sail into a new home or condo here in the Oldest City, please let me know. I would be happy to help you find the waterfront home for you, your family and your boat.



Comments (10)

Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Clay, I remember being fascinated with the story as a child, and upon further research discovered that Lt. William Bligh was always portrayed in a much harsher light than was probably true at the time. In fact, he was a very educated man who was actually quite a bit easier on his crew than most captains, but his fault was probably arrogance. He eventually rose to the rank of Vice Admiral in the Royal Navy, which is no small feat.

Apr 24, 2012 01:28 AM
Michael Maynard
New Neighbors Realty - Milford, CT
"Welcome Home!"

Clay, that is a beautiful ship. I grew up around the water, and nothing is better than the sight of a pristine sail!

Apr 24, 2012 01:32 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Looking for your current blogs. I hope you are having a great summer.

Aug 02, 2013 05:30 AM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

It is a good idea to only use your own photographs or have express written authorization to use someone else's. The rumor that just giving credit to the owner makes it okay is false. 

Aug 09, 2013 11:30 PM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Clay, it would be very cool to see the Bounty up close and personal.  I used to love watching the Long Ships when the harbored in New York.

Aug 24, 2013 01:48 PM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

I was on the ship years ago when they were over here on the Gulf Coast. Great fun!

Oct 16, 2013 06:23 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

The Bounty has been to Tampa before and I visited with my kids....they were kids back then and not adults, as they are now.

Mar 15, 2014 04:20 AM
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

It would be fun to see her. We never did go when she was right next door in Tampa.

Mar 28, 2014 05:05 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Clay, that was a very interesting read!  I sure remember watching the movie Mutiny on the Bounty and I think that is great they built a replica so close in detail.  I just abhor that computer graphics junk that add in movies today.  Not even close to the good old days!

Jul 24, 2014 12:29 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I would have loved seeing the HMS Bounty.  I'm curious however.  I seem to remember hearing that it was lost in a storm in your area.  Is that true?

Sep 06, 2014 05:54 PM