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Tall Ship In Morehead City... WITN Live Coverage!

The spectacular tall ship "HMS Bounty" is docking on the Crystal Coast and WITN-7 News will be onboard to bring you all the action!

Starting with WITN-7 News at Sunrise Thursday, we'll bring you live reports from Morehead City. The original "Bounty" was captained by WIlliam Bligh in the 1800s. This replica was built in 1962 for the film "Mutinty on the Bounty" and was also used in the recent movie, "Pirates of the Caribbean 2."

The boat's visit Thursday is a preview of Pepsi America's Sail 2006 Tall Ship event... a preview you won't want to miss.

Join us live from Sunrise to Sunset Thursday for an up-close look at the HMS Bounty!

MORE ON THE HMS BOUNTY AND HOW TO VISIT THE TALL SHIP:

The famed tall ship HMS Bounty, led by Capt. Robin Walbridge and a crew of 18, is coming to Morehead City! This July, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort and the Pepsi Americas' Sail 2006 team are bringing a spectacular preview of next year's much-anticipated tall ships event. The

HMS Bounty, one of the most celebrated ships in the world, will arrive on Thursday, July 14, after the filming of "Pirates of the Caribbean II," starring Johnny Depp. Originally built for the 1962 film "Mutiny on the Bounty" with Marlon Brando, the ship was recently featured in the movie "SpongeBob SquarePants" and has appeared in several other feature films, television programs and historical documentaries.

Visitors are invited to board and tour the HMS Bounty from Friday-Sunday, July 15-17, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday), as part of the ship's 11-city eight-day East Coast tour. This is a don't-miss event that will include entertainment, food and refreshments for adults and children. Tickets are $5 per person and are available before the event exclusively at the N.C. Maritime Museum. Tickets will also be made available on the dates of the tours at the Gazebo at City Park in Morehead City, but cannot be purchased at the port. For ticket information, call 252-728-7317. Pepsi Americas' Sail 2006 and the HMS Bounty visit are hosted by the N.C. Maritime Museum.

The original HMS Bounty, led in 1787 by Capt. William Bligh, was commissioned to sail halfway around the world, from England to Tahiti, to collect sapling breadfruit trees and transport them to the West Indies. Owners of the burgeoning British plantations in the West Indies needed a cheap source of food for the workers. After a grueling 10-month voyage, Capt. Bligh and his crew arrived in Tahiti and remained there for five months. A terrible mutiny ensued on April 28, 1789, led by Fletcher Christian, and it was almost a decade before any survivors were found to tell the story of that fateful day.

The HMS Bounty, a magnificent three-masted sailing vessel, was rebuilt specifically for "Mutiny on the Bounty." From the laying of its keel in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, in 1960, the ship has attracted attention typical of a movie star. This July, visitors can board and tour this faithful reproduction of the original. Self-guided tours begin on the weather deck, where guests are greeted by a crew member and introduced to the ship, its working parts and its history. The tour continues down the main companionway below to the "tween" deck, where visitors follow signs to see the ship. Below deck, visitors will see the sailors' cabins and stand where Marlon Brando and other film stars once worked.


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