The HMS Bounty was built in 1960 by Smith and Ruhland in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, for the film Mutiny on the Bounty where she portrayed the notorious British Royal Navy ship of the same name. Since it was built specifically for filming, it was constructed with unusually large rooms.
The Bounty was used to represent the Edinburgh Trader in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. It also appeared in several other films, including Treasure Island (1990), Yellow Beard, Pirates, and SpongeBob SquarePants, The Movie.
When not used for filming, the Bounty was open to the public. Tours were conducted at Tall Ship shows and people could sail with the ship for a fee. The Bounty also recreated the voyage of the original ship.
The Bounty was crewed by a combination of volunteers and paid crew men. While no experience was necessary to join the volunteer crew, they required some time spent working on restoration or dockside maintenance.
In 2007, the ship was repainted black and toured the United Kingdom as the Black Pearl, the ship of Captain Jack Sparrow, despite the fact that the Black Pearl was portrayed by another, completely different vessel. The fraud was exposed by the 12 year old POTC fan Ross Winstanley.
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|Real-world ships in Pirates of the Caribbean|