Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Festival of Sail - HMS Bounty Farewell

In a foggy bay, the HMS Bounty made a graceful exit, symbolising the end of the magnificent Festival of Sail.

At mid-morning her sails began to unfurl, and then without any fuss or ado she slipped quietly past the US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle and made her way towards the Bay Bridge before gliding along the bay, under the Golden Gate Bridge and out into the Pacific Ocean.

The Bounty, one of 19 Tall Ships in the Festival, was built for MGM studios to star with Marlon Brando in the film, Mutiny on the Bounty.

Most of the other Tall Ships left their various moorings in the morning.

Standing with me also taking pics were two ladies, one of whom, Laurel, has recently moved to San Fran from Alberta, Canada.

She said, 'I came out to watch the sailing of the Tall Ship. My past, in Alberta, is landlocked so it's a great opportunity to see something like this!'

The other lady said she had spoken to the Captain of the Eagle who had told her his ship was not due to leave until this evening, and then under motor power not sail. But before I could get her name, she jumped into her car and dashed off in pursuit of the Bounty!

For more pics of the Bounty making her farewell journey click here. Click on pics to enlarge.

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