Memorial exhibit scheduled for HMS Bounty
February 19. 2013 8:53PM
The exhibit will be part of the popular First Friday Scranton event, but will continue with hours through the weekend.
Featured in the exhibit will be dozens of photographs of life aboard Bounty as she traveled the world. A number of related artifacts will also be on display.
Kenn Anderson, Chairman of Care Net, has a long history with the ship which sank off the coast of South Carolina during Hurricane Sandy.
Beginning in 2001, Anderson has served as carpenter, electrician, gunner and sailor aboard the ship in a series of yard periods and transits that have taken him to Florida, Puerto Rico, Maine, Nova Scotia and the Great Lakes. During the summers of 2001 and 2002 Anderson redesigned and rewired the shipâ??s electrical systems. Over the intervening winter he worked in his Scranton basement workshop to build oak carriages for the shipâ??s four cannons. Following in his footsteps, two of his daughters have served Bounty as deckhands and officers. They both met and married Bounty crewmembers. Several other family members have also worked aboard, including his son, a niece and recently a granddaughter.
Bounty was built in 1960 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia for the MGM movie Mutiny on the Bounty.
The ship holds the record as the most expensive prop ever constructed for a film. Since that time it has traveled far and wide. For the last eleven years it has served as a sail training experience at sea and a museum while in the ports it visited, including those on the Pacific coast and in Europe.
The ship sank on October 29. Of the sixteen crewmembers, fourteen were able to be rescued by the Coast Guard.
The Captain, Robin Walbridge, and deckhand Claudene Christian, were lost. Both were close personal friends of Anderson. None of the Anderson family was on board for the transit that was to take the ship south to St. Petersburg, FL and then to Galveston, TX where it would remain for the winter season.
Exhibit Hours are as followed: Friday, Dec. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 9 from noon to 5 p.m.
Select photographs from the exhibit will be available for purchase. All proceeds from sales will be shared equally by Care Net of Scranton and the Bounty Crew Relief Fund.