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HMS Bounty Limited 32"
Ready for Immediate Display - Not a Model Ship kit
This museum-quality Limited Edition scale replica tall ships model of HMS Bounty is bedecked with historically accurate features and built with the finest craftsmanship and attention to detail. As the scene of an infamous mutiny while exploring the South Pacific islands of Tahiti, the HMS Bounty holds a famous place in maritime and nautical history. Now these Limited Edition tall ship models can similarly inhabit a proud position, displaying their historical and adventurous spirit in your office, home or meeting room.
32" Long x 10" Wide x 27" High (1:58 scale)
- Built from scratch by master artisans
- Museum Quality features not available in other tall ship models under $3,000 or any kit
- Accurate beakhead design and scrollwork
- Increased detail of deck features, hand-painted carvings and more
- Individual wooden planks used in hull construction
- Gun ports actually cut into the hull
- High quality woods include cherry, birch, maple and rosewood
- More extensive rigging than standard 32” model tall ships
- Meticulous painting accurately matches the actual HMS Bounty
- Amazing Details, including:
- Planked deck with nail holes
- Authentic scale lifeboat
- Solid brass cannons, swivel guns and metal anchors
- Additional deck details such as capstan, helm wheel, rope coils and more
- Masterfully stitched, heavy canvas sails hold shape and do not wrinkle
- Carved windows on stern accurately designed and scaled to the real HMS Bounty
- Taut rigging with varied thread gauge and color
- Limited production run only 25 of these tall ship models
- Certificate of Authenticity individually numbered and signed by HMS Founder and Master Builder Richard Norris
- Wooden display base features four arched dolphins
- Pictured with marble base (available for purchase)
- Extensive research of original plans, historical drawings and paintings as well as actual photographs ensures the highest possible accuracy
In 1787 the HMS Bounty was purchased by the Admiralty and recommissioned to sail halfway around the world to Tahiti to collect sapling breadfuit trees and transport them to the West Indies. Owners of the burgeoning British plantations there needed a cheap source of food for the workers.
To lead mission on the HMS Bounty, the Admiralty picked 33 year old Lt. William Bligh. After arriving in Tahiti, 10 months after leaving England, Bligh and the crew set about collecting the more than 1,000 breadfruit plants they were to take to the Caribbean. They spent five months in Tahiti, during which time Bligh allowed many of the crew to live ashore. Without the discipline and rigid schedules of the sea, the men went native. When time came to return to England, some were already contemplating staying on the island.
Two weeks out of Tahiti, miserable with having left the Tahitian wife he took while there, First Mate Fletcher Christian took the ship. Of the 44 men on board, 31 sided with Bligh. Of the 31, 18 went over the side to be set adrift in the longboat with Bligh. The mutineers in the HMS Bounty then set off for Tahiti, where they put the rest of the sailors loyal to Bligh ashore, picked up their Tahitian wives, girlfriends and several Tahitian men, and set off to hide forever from the long arm of the British law.
Bligh navigated the longboat 3,600 miles to safety in 41 days using only a sextant and a pocket watch. Only one man died -- stoned to death by angry natives on the first island they tried to land on. The voyage was a feat of navigation that is unparalleled to this day.
The mutineers eventually settled on Pitcairn Island, an isolated rock in the South Pacific that was misplaced on British charts. They burned the ship in Bounty Bay and weren't found for 25 years.
After all but one of the mutineers had been killed by either each other or the Tahitian men they brought with them, the last one, Alexander Smith, began rebuilding a society on the island based on the ship's bible. Today their descendants still live there in a moralistic society that still only sees one ship every six months.