Christian spirit as replica Bounty settles into charity berth with Hong Kong Resorts

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 November, 2007, 12:00am

There's no evidence of Captain Bligh or Fletcher Christian, but the Bounty has been docked at the back of Discovery Bay for about two weeks. An eagle-eyed reader informed us of the curious tall ship and we followed up the sighting with DB's main landlord, Hong Kong Resorts. They confirmed it is a 42-metre replica of the most famous mutiny ship in history - and it's here to stay. Not only that, they have given it a Chinese name.

'The Bounty's Chinese name is in line with the word 'bounty' in English, implying generosity and benevolence,' Victor Cha Mou-zing, deputy chairman and director of HKR, explained. 'Chi Ming is also the name of my father, the company's late chairman, so the Bounty is also a memorial to him.'

The developer has apparently leased the 30-year-old Australian ship, which was built for the Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins movie The Bounty, released in 1983. The newly acquired seafarer will now be used as a tourist attraction for HKR's new development in Yi Pak Bay. HKR pointed out that 1978, the year the Bounty replica was built, is also the year Discovery Day opened.

The ship will sail over to Pier 3 in Central on November 20 for a big ceremony and then return to its permanent base in DB. 'The Bounty's first mission will be to raise funds for the Children's Cancer Foundation when she is opened to the public in December; proceeds from admission will be donated to the foundation.'

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