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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...
I don't know, seems far from clear to me, according to their website...
Sounds like a whole lot of "volunteering" going on there, to me...
Jon, I am not interested in discussing this further and I think it does not matter. As you say they would have to work on the boat before being accepted as "voluntaries" but it turned out those voluntaries were paid, at least if we accept what they have said on that other professional forum, I mean people from the Bounty.
I am quite sure that the payment had nothing to do with the one of a professional mariner and they were not professional mariners, since as you have pointed out anybody could be a voluntary if he worked some time for free.
The important thing here is that they were not professionals, but amateurs and that a sailing experience was not even required to become part of that symbolically paid crew. That movie that was posted showing them working with some heavy weather on the rig is very illustrative about their level of qualification as crew for a tallship.