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USS Mississippi on the Bounty

By Sean D. Elliot

Publication: theday.com

Published October 25. 2012 7:00PM   Updated October 25. 2012 11:44PM
Sean D. Elliot/The Day
U.S. Navy petty officer Matt Campanile ascends the rigging for an "up and over" exercise, climbing up one side and down the other of the main mast Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Crew members of the Virginia class attack submarine USS Mississippi, (SSN 782), sailed aboard the square rigged sailing ship HMS Bounty.

New London - Crew members of the Virginia class attack submarine USS Mississippi, (SSN 782), sailed aboard the square rigged sailing ship HMS Bounty Thursday. The Mississippi crew was invited on the sail by Bounty owner Robert Hansen after he toured the Navy sub base in Groton last year.

The crew of the Bounty enlisted the help of the Mississippi crew to raise the sails and trim them during a two-hour sail in Long Island Sound. Bounty captain Robin Wallbridge thanked the Mississippi crew for their help and remarked that the Bounty had now trained crew from both the oldest ship in the Navy, the USS Constitution, as well as the newest, the Mississippi.

The Bounty crew was invited to the base to tour the Mississippi. Bounty stopped in New London enroute from Boothbay Harbor, Maine, where they just completed a re-fit, to Galveston, Texas, for the winter. The Bounty, built in 1960 for the 1962 feature film "Mutiny on the Bounty" with Marlon Brando, is a replica of the famous square-rigged British trading vessel from the 18th century.

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