HMS Bounty withdraws from nautical festival

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Mangers of the HMS Bounty, the replica of Capt. Bligh’s famous ship, issued a statement that the vessel will no longer attend the Antique & Classic Boat Festival to be held in mid-June in St. Michaels, Md., as previously planned.

The statement reads:

“It is with great regret that the HMS Bounty, originally scheduled to make an appearance at St Michaels 25th annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival, June 15-17, 2012 has to cancel and will not be able to attend.

“As it is always our intention to honor every commitment made for our touring schedule, unfortunately due to issues beyond our control, we unfortunately have to cancel.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and The Antique & Classic Boat Society for graciously welcoming us into their festival and all the work they did to make our visit happen.

“Again, our apologies for canceling at this late date. We hope to make another visit to St Michaels during another tour season.”