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Robin Walbridge, who skippered the Bounty to the region between tall-ships festivals in Victoria and Tacoma, said the script for the 1962 movie “The Mutiny of the Bounty,” starring Marlon Brando, called for the ship to be burned in the film.
“They were supposed to burn the ship at the end of the movie, but Brando said he wouldn't be in [the movie] if they burned the ship,” Walbridge told the Peninsula Daily News on June 21, 2008.
“So that is why we have her today.”
The HMS Bounty, which was on a West Coast swing, also called on Port Townsend as part of the flotilla from Victoria to Tacoma by way of the Port Angeles port of entry.
On Monday, it took on water in the middle of Hurricane Sandy in the Atlantic and sank.
Fourteen crew members were rescued, and one died.
Walbridge is listed as missing.