If you happen to see swashbuckling guys with eye patches along the Newburgh waterfront in the next few days, perhaps it has something to do with the old-wooden ship, with the really tall sails that's now anchored there. Christian Farrell has the story...arrgh!
NEWBURGH, N.Y -- As far as Jim Williams was concerned, being at the Newburgh waterfront was like being a kid all over again, waiting for Christmas.
"She's about a half mile away from us right now."
She, is the H.M.S. Bounty. Or as 4-year-old Garrett Elliott of Wallkill likes to call a pirate ship.
"I've never seen a 'pirate' ship."
"This is a real life pirate ship. What do you think?"
"Yeah. It's coming over this way."
Jim and Garrett weren't the only ones who gathered to watch this old wooden ship. With its sails soaring 115 feet into the air, it's now anchored here in the Hudson Valley.
"This is her first time on the Hudson River. Never been on the Hudson river before. So, its amazing that she's here," said Jim Williams.
While technically considered a square rig vessel, the Bounty has actually appeared in a number of "pirate movies" including Mutiny on the Bounty and Pirates of the Caribbean II and III. But ship captain Robin Walbridge says looks can be deceiving.
"Pirates probably used very few ships like this. They probably would have liked to have gotten them, but the pirates were mostly looking for very small, fast ships that they could get in, attack, and get out with," said Walbridge.
After spending several days here at the Newburgh waterfront, the H.M.S. Bounty and its crew will set sail again heading up the east coast on its mission of educating people, not about pirates, but about sailing and the sea.
"This is the type of ships that made our history. Most of the people here in the United States would not be here if it was not for ships like this. This is the kind of ship that Columbus came across, the Mayflower came across," said Walbridge.
The H.M.S. Bounty will remain anchored in Newburgh through the weekend. The public is invited to tour the ship but is not encouraged to walk the plank.