All Aboard the HMS Bounty in Old San Juan
Update 29 October 2012: The Associated Press is reporting today that the HMS Bounty has sunk off the coast of North Carolina, a casualty of Hurricane Sandy. Here’s some more info in the NY Times. Obviously, this tour will no longer be available.
I am sure most of you know something about the HMS Bounty. You remember … it was on this British ship that the 1789 mutany took place. The story was turned into the 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty starring Marlon Brando. While the movie was not very accurate, they did create an accurate replica (well, actully a bit larger than the original) of the tall sailing ship HMS Bounty. It is a beautiful wooden ship, with square-rigged sails.
Since then, the ship has sailed the oceans of the world, stopping in various ports and offering tours. It has also appeared in other movies, such as the Pirates of the Caribbean. Now, she will be spending the winter here in Old San Juan, so we all can see her — up close and personal.
The HMS Bounty‘s winter home is waterfront in Old San Juan, between Piers 2 and 3 … just steps away from the cruise ship piers. She will be in Puerto Rico until the end of March or the beginning of April 2011. While she is in port, they will be offering tours of the ship.
There will be 2 of her crew members (the "pirates" that sail her around the world) that will remain on board for the winter in San Juan to care for the ship and help with the tours (so you can feel free to ask them questions). The tours allow people to learn about the history and details of sailing vessels from long ago, from people who really know … and they will tell you the true story about the Bounty’s mutiny, too!
Starting Tuesday, December 21, 2010, you can board the ship and take a tour. They will be self-guided tours, so you can spend as much time as you want. There are signs throughout the ship that explain the parts of the ship. And, of course, the crew members and other guides are there to answer any questions you may have.
After the winter dockage, the HMS Bounty will leave Puerto Rico and travel around Europe. After the European trip, she will return in late 2011 and dock at her new, permanent home at Pier 8 in Old San Juan. She will be a beautiful, welcome addition and tourist attraction to the Old San Juan waterfront. So plan on coming aboard!
Tickets are $10/adult and $5/kid. Reservations are not needed.
Tours will be available from 8am until 6pm, all week. They are open 6 days per week, but the exact day they are closed varies from week to week.
You can find out more about the ship on the HMS Bounty web site.
The ship is docked waterfront in Old San Juan, between piers 2 and 3.
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