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HMS Bounty Docked at Navy Pier

By Margaret Lyons in News on Sep 7, 2004 4:05PM

Bounty: Photo, David W. Deerfield Movie and maritime buffs, this one’s for you. The HMS Bounty (uh, its replica at least) is docked at Navy Pier, to the amazement of all—young and old, with and without scurvy, Clark Gable fans and Marlon Brando fans and even Mel Gibson fans. Ah, yes, the majesty of the sea. Well, lake.

This replica, "the only wooden square-rigger in North America still sailing," was built for the 1962 film about the famous mutiny, during which First Lieutenant Fletcher Christian (Gable, Brando, Gibson) rebelled against Captain William Bligh. We actually kind of hate sea-faring adventures, with the exception of Muppet Treasure Island, so we’ll leave the details to the experts. Anyway, mutiny, history, Tahiti, blah blah blah, it’s all very interesting. Limey.

Chalk up the $5, break your vow never to go to Navy Pier, and take a tour of one of the "most recognized" tall ships ever. The tour also includes a history lesson on the mutiny, which Chicagoist clearly needs, and if you’re into the salty spray of the sea, you can kick in another $10 for the IMAX movie Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure This sounds like a really good way to spend a Saturday with your dad. Dads love historical replicas.