By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We're leaving for St. Petersburg, Florida shortly for our annual winter break and were hoping to catch some different highlights. My husband and I are both big sea lovers. I hope you can give us some suggestions.

A: In the past, the H.M.S. Bounty has sailed along the St. Lawrence River and journeyed across the Great Lakes, passing the historic towns of Niagara-on-the-lake, Kingston and the metropolis of Toronto among other cities. Currently docked at The Pier in St. Petes until February 18, 2003, the 169-foot replica of the 18th century British navy vessel harkens to a time when hardened sea venturing souls sailed the sea.

Interested folks can take tours, day cruises and a six-day sail to the Dry Tortugas. This is a living museum that easily lets your imagination step back 200 years when the infamous Captain Bligh ruled its helm. If the vessel looks familiar to you, don't be surprised. It was built in 1960 for MGM's first remake of the film "Mutiny on the Bounty." Even the ship's wheel is somewhat historic. It was used in the original 1935 production starring Charles Laughton as Captain Bligh alongside Clark Gable as Fletcher Christian.

Adult tickets cost $6. Margaret Ramsey of the H.M.S. Bounty also adds that there is a fabulous six-week teen cadet program in the Great Lakes area scheduled this summer. For more information visit


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