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Superstorm Sandy Sinks HMS Bounty

November 1st, 2012

As this article is written, Hurricane Sandy, now being dubbed “Superstorm Sandy”, is savaging the East Coast. In a situation reminiscent of the events which sank the Andrea Gail in The Perfect Storm, Sandy has combined with two other independent weather systems to form a massive storm front over 1000 miles wide. It has left millions without power on the Eastern Seaboard, and flooded many parts of the country, including Manhattan’s famous subway system.
It has so far claimed approximately 30 lives, including Claudine Christian, 42, who was serving as a crew member for the tall ship, HMS Bounty. The rest of the crew of 16 have been rescued, save her captain, Robin Wallbridge, who is lost at sea and presumed dead.

The Bounty was a replica of the famous ship which saw Fletcher Christian lead a mutiny against British Captain William Bligh on April 28, 1789. The replica was built for the filming of the 1962 movie, “Mutiny on the Bounty”, starring Richard Harris and Marlon Brando. After filming concluded, the ship became a traveling tourist attraction and movie filming location. It continued to star in a number of movies including Pirate of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.

The website, tallshipbounty.org was established so that people could see the tall ships sailing schedule, book passage aboard her, or offer their services as a volunteer or prospective crew member. The website has confirmed that the Bounty sunk on Sunday, October 28th in 15 foot seas as the captain was attempting to sail the boat around the developing superstorm. According to the website, at 6:30PM, the Bounty sent out a distress signal that she was without power and taking on water.

Picture of the wreckage of HMS BountyThe US Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to the ships last reported position, found the wreck of the Bounty, and began plucking her crew from the lifeboats. Claudine Christian was not in a lifeboat. Her body was discovered hours later floating and unresponsive in the open ocean. Ms. Christian is the only confirmed loss of life in the sinking of the Bounty, but her captain is also missing and presumed dead. It is not clear at this point why she was not safely waiting in the lifeboats with the others, but no doubt the treacherous seas washed her overboard as the ship sank.

Clearly, the ship had one final story to tell; one more compelling than the original story for which she was built. No doubt the sinking of the HMS Bounty will be compared to that of the Andrea Gail as both ships were sunk in freak occurrence super storms that resulted from the collision of three independent weather systems. Fortunately, at 2 deaths out of 16, the loses of the HMS Bounty are lower than that of the Andrea Gail which went down with her entire six person crew. No doubt this is because the Andrea Gail was much farther from shore than the HMS Bounty and was unable to be rescued by USCG helicopter.

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Forrest Gumps’ Jenny Shrimp Boat

September 27th, 2010

In 1994, Director Robert Zemeckis and Paramount Pictures released an instant American classic film, Forrest Gump. Never before had a movie captured the most formative period in United States’ history , from the early 1950s to the late 1960s, in such and interesting and moving way. Forrest Gump rang so true and moved so many people that it grossed over $670 million dollars in theaters worldwide. In fact, Forrest Gump was so acclaimed that it received thirteen Academy Award nominations and won seven Oscars, including for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Leading Actor. As with all great movies, certain scenes having a last affect in pop-culture, this is no different with Forrest Gump. Who could forget about the Bubba-Gump Shrimp Company Forrest started with Lieutenant Dan in honor of their fallen friend Bubba? Still today, people happily utter Bubba-Gump shrimp every time they see a shrimping boat.

Ship From Forrest Gump

Tom Hank’s Oscar winning portrayal of the slow, yet loveable, Forrest Gump invokes many fond memories for movie lovers around the world. One of the most memorable parts of the movie was when Forrest decides to make his fortune catching shrimp in Louisiana. Of course, Forrest named his boat after his one true love, Jenny. The Jenny Fishing Boat, has to be one of the most well known boats in the history of American cinema. What could be better than celebrating your love for Forrest Gump than with your own personal model of the Jenny Fishing boat? Handcrafted Model Ships (HMS) has just that, an impressive exact replica of the boat from Forrest Gump.

Authentic Jenny Fishing Ship

Creating The Perfect Jenny Fishing Boat Replica

Handcrafted Model Ships is not just offering any old replica to the Forrest Gump fans, no they are offering a precise work of art. The Jenny Fishing Boat comes to you looking exactly as it does in the movie. Everything from the paint scheme, to the spotlight on the cabin, to the safety buoy, are included. Yet, most notably, the HMS Forrest Gump boat includes the large trademark fishing nets that Forrest and Lieutenant Dan so diligently worked with to fill the boat with shrimp. Upon laying your eyes on it, you will know that the HMS Jenny Fishing Boat is the real deal. For those of you who are collectors, you will be happy to know that the Forrest Gump ship comes fully assembled and with a display stand.

The Forrest Gump Boat Model Makes A Special Addition To Any Collection

Simply put, no model ship collector or movie fan should be without the Forrest Gump model ship. It brings together a timeless American classic movie with excellence in model shipbuilding that only Handcrafted Model Ships provides. Who doesn’t smile when they think of Forrest working hard to catch shrimp on his beloved Jenny Fishing boat? It is a must-have in any collection. As our customers already know, ordering is a cinch, and the Forrest Gump boat will arrive at your door fully assembled and ready to be displayed. Order today and own a piece of cinematic and nautical history.

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Jaws Orca Model Ship

June 8th, 2010

Handcraftedmodelships.com offers a fully assembled Jaws Orca replica model from the critically acclaimed movie Jaws. This particular model comes ready for display in your model ship collection, and goes great with other famous ships from blockbuster movies, such as Pirates of the Caribbean, for instance. The Jaws Orca model is twenty inches in length, six inches in width, and seventeen inches in height, making it a modestly sized model with ease of transportation. The amazing details of this handcrafted wooden model boat are as accurate as possible to the Jaws Orca ship that it is based on. Striking resemblances can be seen in the deck details, metal propeller, and wooden sorting tray. The finished model is attached with a nameplate on a wooden base, and features “Orca” painted on the back of the boat.

Take a look at the attention to detail displayed when seeing the real Orca from the movie compared with the model from Handcrafted Model Ships:

The Real Orca From Jaws

The Real Orca From Jaws

Jaws Orca Model From Handcrafted Model Ships

Jaws Orca Model From Handcrafted Model Ships

Jaws The Movie – Critical Reception

Jaws is a critically acclaimed film from 1975 directed by Steven Spielberg. It won Academy Awards in the categories of Film Editing, Music, and Sound. In 2008, Jaws was deemed the fifth greatest film ever made, by Empire magazine. Furthermore, the United States Library of Congress voted Jaws to be “culturally significant”, and had it preserved in the National Film Registry.

Jaws – Plot

The new police chief of an island resort town, Amity, finds the washed up body of a summer vacationer. The cause was determined to be from a shark, but the Mayor instead has it ruled a motorboat accident, so as not to deter the 4th of July tourists. When the bodies start piling up, a shark hunter by the name of Quint offers to kill the shark for $10,000, but is turned down by the money hungry mayor. When another shark is caught and killed, the mayor celebrates, believing it to be the shark responsible for the grizzly killings. However, that is not the case, as more people fall victim to the real culprit’s deadly teeth. Finally, the mayor hires Quint to hunt the shark, who gathers a crew and sets off in the Orca ship to track down and kill the great white.

The Jaws Orca – Creating History

Jaws became the first film to usher in the “summer blockbuster” Hollywood trend. Traditionally, films would open slowly by showing in select theaters in select cities. However, Jaws used a national marketing campaign which utilized television advertising to open Jaws on hundreds of screens across the country simultaneously. Due to these unheard of practices, Jaws is forever credited as being a historical film in the context of changing the film industry.

The Orca model ship offered at handcraftedmodelships.com is a brilliant model ship that not only will reflect your love of the film Jaws, but will also allow you to have a piece of the cultural phenomena that is Jaws. This model ship will sit proudly among the other movie ships in your collection, and let visitors to your nautical room know that you appreciate both a good film, and a good model.

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