The Black Pearl docks in Maryport

Famous film boat arrives in Cumbria

One of the world’s most famous tall ships, HMS Bounty, better known by many as the Black Pearl in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, will end a 3,800-mile transatlantic voyage next week when she docks in Maryport, Cumbria.

The ship is due to arrive on August 14, for a four-day visit.

HMS Bounty’s last visit to the UK was in 1963 as part of a world tour to promote Hollywood blockbuster Mutiny on the Bounty starring Marlon Brando.

HMS Bounty is an exact replica of the ship on which the mutiny against Captain Bligh was led, in 1789, by one of Maryport’s sons, Fletcher Christian.

While the infamous tale of the Mutiny on the Bounty may not be familiar to the younger generation, the sight of the boat’s masts will be immediately recognisable, as the ship is otherwise known as The Black Pearl which features in all three of the Pirates of the Caribbean films.
Youngsters are bound to be keen to walk the boards recently paced by Johnny Depp, who plays Captain Jack Sparrow in the films.

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The current HMS Bounty was built in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, in 1960, for the 1962 film, Mutiny on the Bounty. For the arrival, a Johnny Depp look-alike will take the wheel, accompanied by a full compliment of onboard pirates