HMS (His Majesty’s Ship) Bounty, also known as HM Armed Vessel Bounty, was a small merchant vessel purchased by the British Royal Navy. It set sail on a mission to acquire breadfruit plants and transport them to the British West Indies under the command of William Bligh. That mission was never completed due to a mostly non-violent mutiny in 1789 against Bligh’s alleged harsh treatment of the crew. The mutiny was led by Master’s Mate Fletcher Christian who later burned the ship to avoid capture. The mutineers set Bligh and eighteen loyal crew afloat in a small boat.
Bounty was originally known as the collier (coal ship) Bethia. It was purchased by the Royal Navy for £2,600 on May 26, 1787, refit, and renamed Bounty. The ship was relatively small but had three masts and was full-rigged. After conversion for the breadfruit expedition, she was equipped with four 4-pounder cannons and ten swivel guns.
This story of the Mutiny on the Bounty was made into several movies including a 1962 version starring Marlon Brando as Fletcher Christian. The replica of the ship featured in that film was later used for tourist excursions from 1962 until its sinking during Hurricane Sandy off the coast of North Carolina on November 2, 2012.
TYPE : Armed Vessel
LENGTH: 90 feet, 10 inches
WEIGHT: 215 tons
BUILT: Blaydes Shipyard, Kingston-Upon-Hull, England
The HMS Bounty was burned by mutineers—crew members who seized control of the ship—on January 23, 1790.
Modeled and loaned by Bob Bagnoli of Botetourt County