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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...

The builder of the Replica Bounty built in Lunenberg, NS. Cost $5.7 million dollars in todays money.

Builder of HMS Bounty replica saddened by its demise in Hurricane Sandy

7:42 p.m. EST, November 1, 2012|
By Eloísa Ruano González, Orlando Sentinel

MOUNT DORA — Robert Stephens' heart sank when he heard that the replica of the HMS Bounty used in the 1962 Hollywood film "Mutiny on the Bounty" had been lost in rough seas brought by Hurricane Sandy.

Stephens oversaw construction of the three-masted Bounty that Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard sailed to Tahiti in the film. But the ship, which appeared in later movies, including the 2006 hit "Pirates of the Caribbean II: Dead Man's Chest" with Johnny Depp, foundered 90 miles southeast of the North Carolina coast earlier this week.

"It's really sad," said Stephens, 87. "It was a big thing in my life."

Stephens, who has lived in Mount Dora for 26 years and continues to work on restoring antique boats and cars, is optimistic it won't be the end for the Bounty.

"I bet you they're going to raise that baby. It just filled up with water and sank," he said while standing in his shop surrounded by old black-and-white pictures of the construction of the ship. Stephens also has pictures of Brando, Howard and other actors onboard during the filming, which he said brings back great memories.

"It's history," he said.

The original ship's drawings from the British Admiralty were used to build the Bounty in a Nova Scotia shipping yard. Stephens said a lot of "old-timers" who still knew how to build ships out of wood were brought out of retirement.
"We were going to build in California," he said. "But because of the unions, it would have been a tough job to do."

The crew worked around the clock for 11 months to complete the Bounty, Stephens said. The cost: $750,000 — or about $5.7 million in today's dollars.

The replica resembled the original, built in 1787, on the outside. But it was diesel-powered and measured 118 feet in length, about 30 longer than the original.
HMS Bounty Hurricane Sandy: Builder of HMS Bounty replica saddened by its demise in Hurricane Sandy - Orlando Sentinel
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