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Bounty II - Departure Day by Francis LaLonde
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Bounty II on the monday following the Tall Ship Celebration (2010) in Bay City (Bay County), Michigan, US. This was one of the stops for the Great Lakes United Tall Ships Challenge® – 2010, when a fleet of tall ships arrived in town (during the Parade of Sails) for the weekend, offering tours of the ships, sailing excursions on some vessels, and several special events around town. I believe most of the ships were heading to Duluth, Minnesota, US. I apologize if these photos are blurry or otherwise not too high of a quality. The weather had taken quite a turn for the worse. During the festival, everything was bright, sunny and warm (90 degree or warmer temperatures). However, on this day the temperature dropped quite a bit, and there was a cold drizzle.

This photograph was taken from the east bank of the Saginaw River, showing Bounty II (with it’s bowsprit and figurehead. Across the river can be seen (left-to-right): STV, STV, and Madeline.

Bounty II was a reconstruction of the original HMS Bounty. Bounty II (popularly, though incorrectly, called HMS Bounty) was built in 1960, and sank in 2012 during Hurricane Sandy, with the loss of two crew members. She was a full-rigged / fully rigged ship. She was originally built for the 1962 film Mutiny on the Bounty. Following that, she was used for promotion and entertainment, and appeared in the 1990 film Treasure Island. After suffering lack of maintenance, she was restored in 2002. Bounty II was then again used for entertainment and promotions. She also appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, and even in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.

STV Playfair is a traditionally-rigged brigantine (Two-masted square-rigged with fore-and-aft rigged sails on the mainmast). She was commissioned by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1973 for Toronto Brigantine Inc as a sail training vessel, and launched in 1974.

STV Pathfinder is a traditionally-rigged brigantine (Two-masted square-rigged with fore-and-aft rigged sails on the mainmast). She was launched in 1963 for Toronto Brigantine Inc as a sail training vessel.

Madeline is a gaff rigged topsail schooner. She is a reconstruction of a mid-19th century Great Lakes schooner, and is one of Michigan’s official tall ships. She represents part of Great Lakes maritime history. Operated by Maritime Heritage Alliance, her home port is Traverse City (Grand Traverse County), Michigan, US.

I hadn’t really been ‘into’ photography until recently. Before then (about 2008), the costs of film, developing and printing was just too much for my wallet. Then, I bought my first digital camera…now I quite literally don’t know when to stop (well, maybe when the weather is too inclement, or the distances involved are prohibitive). Mostly, I stick with the local area (Bay City (Bay County), Michigan, US) – and have ‘discovered’ many hidden treasures nearby.

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