HMS Bounty

Scale model of an armed trading frigate HMS Bounty. 1:50 scale Wooden hull 25.59″H 30.71″L 5.91″W

Among all those recorded through naval history, that of a the Bounty is certainly the most notable example of rebellion which involved the entire crew of a warship on the high seas. The commander of the ship and of the expedition was William Bligh. In April 1789 the ship had already completed the first part of her mission and with her precious cargo she was sailing before the wind when suddenly, the crew mutinied. They were instigated and led by Fletcher Christian, the executive officer, who dissented from the captain. Bligh was set adrift in an open boat 30 miles from Tofua with 17 loyal members of the crew.

HMS Bounty Model Kit includes laser cut wooden hull and wooden strips, fittings set, rudder, rigging thread, plan and manual. This kit contains English translation instructions, all measurements in the booklet are in Metric. Scale model of an armed trading frigate. 1:50 scale Wooden hull 25.59″H 30.71″L 5.91″W

Paints needed for this model boat kit: BB#1, BB#11, BB#14, BB#16, BB#17, BB#30, + BB#40 Thinner

  • BB492
  • 1:50 scale
  • Wooden hull
  • 25.59″H 30.71″L 5.91″W
  • Advanced Level
$326.70

About: HMS Bounty

The HMS Bounty, a ship steeped in history and intrigue, was a British Royal Navy vessel that played a pivotal role in one of the most famous mutinies in maritime history. Launched in 1784, the Bounty was a small, three-masted sailing ship, specifically designed for long voyages and carrying large quantities of cargo.

The Bounty was a Collier-class ship, a type of vessel originally designed for transporting coal. However, the Bounty was modified for its specific mission, which was to transport breadfruit plants from Tahiti to the West Indies. To accommodate this task, the ship was outfitted with a large, open deck aft of the mainmast, which provided ample space for the plants and their containers.

The ship was 90 feet long and had a beam of 24 feet, making it relatively small compared to other naval vessels of the time. Despite its size, the Bounty was a sturdy and seaworthy ship, with a hull made of oak and a deck of teak. The ship’s rigging was designed to maximize its sailing efficiency, with a total of 10 sails that could be adjusted to catch the wind from various angles.

The Bounty was commanded by Lieutenant William Bligh, who was tasked with the challenging mission of transporting the breadfruit plants. The ship set sail from England in December 1787, embarking on a journey that would take it across the Atlantic, around Cape Horn, and into the Pacific Ocean.

During the voyage, the crew of the Bounty encountered the idyllic island of Tahiti, where they spent five months. The crew, including Bligh, formed close relationships with the Tahitians, and many of the sailors found it difficult to leave the island paradise. This emotional attachment to Tahiti would later play a significant role in the mutiny that occurred on the ship.

On April 28, 1789, while the Bounty was sailing towards the West Indies, a group of mutineers led by Fletcher Christian seized control of the ship. They set Bligh and 18 loyal crew members adrift in a small boat, leaving them to fend for themselves in the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Bligh and his men managed to survive an incredible 47-day journey, eventually reaching the Dutch East Indies and then returning to England.

The mutineers, meanwhile, sailed the Bounty back to Tahiti, where some of them settled down with their Tahitian wives. A group of mutineers, led by Christian, later sailed to Pitcairn Island, where they burned the Bounty to avoid detection by British authorities. The ship’s remains were discovered in 1957, lying in 13,000 feet of water near Pitcairn Island.

In conclusion, the HMS Bounty was a small, yet sturdy and efficient sailing ship that played a significant role in one of the most famous mutinies in history. Its journey across the globe, the relationships formed with the Tahitians, and the ultimate fate of the ship and its crew have ensured that the Bounty remains an enduring symbol of adventure, rebellion, and the indomitable human spirit.

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