” Blackbirds tend to like Shiny Things” ~ The Bloody Raven
This is another lovely coin rescued from the fiery Furnace of Reckless Metals. We shall never know what art form this coin may have had in a new life, and I can see why I got it at just two bucks above spot at the time. The small handling scuffs may have taken away it’s original Brilliant Uncirculated condition, but I am very pleased with having my hands on the coin commemorating a famed Mutiny.
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Some aspects of this famed Mutiny has it’s controversial circumstances regarding the nature of the Mutiny or whether Captain William Bligh really conducted himself in a malicious manner, but it was enough such that Acting Lieutenant Fletcher Christian and 22 of the 42 men forcibly seized the Bounty and set adrift Bligh with 16 of his loyal crew. It is noted that Captain Bligh had survived three mutinies in his career, which says something about the man’s character.
Meanwhile, Christian and the mutineers settled on Pitcairn Island. Grounded and set The Bounty a flame. The remains of the ship were discovered in 1957 by Luis Marden.
While everyone is most familiar of the Mutiny itself, I’d rather focus on the Ship itself.
The original ship was not a warship, but a small three masted Merchant ship Collier Bethia purchased for £1,950 by the Royal Navy renamed the Bounty in 1787 and converted for expedition work.
Original HMS Bounty Specifications:
Builder: Blaydes Shipyard, Kingston-upon-Hull, England
Tons Burden: 220 Tons
Length: 90 ft
Beam: 24 ft
Depth of Hold: 11 ft 4 inches
Sail Plan: Full rigged Ship
Armament: 4 – 4 pounder guns and 10 Swivel guns
In 1960, the major film Studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Commissioned the Smith and Rhuland Ltd of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in building a replica of the Bounty based on the documents archived by the British Admiralty. However, the ship was built to almost twice it’s original size.
Builder: Smith and Rhuland Ltd of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Length: 180 ft
Beam: 31.6 ft
Draft: 13 ft
Depth: 21 ft
Powered Inboard: 2 x John Deere 375 hp diesel engines
Sail Plan: Full-rigged ship
The Bounty was completed in August of 1960 and sailed to location in Tahiti for the filming of Bounty Starring Marlon Brando. The director planned the ship to be burned at the end of the filming, but Brando protested, the ship was spared and sent the Bounty on a worldwide promotional tour. Based in Florida as a tourist attraction, The Bounty has been used in a variety of television features, films and Tours. To name a few…
1962: Mutiny on the Bounty, Marlon Brando
1966: Treasure Island, Charlton Heston
1989: Treasure Island, Christian Bale
And with this ship changing hands and getting on in years, she had seen many refits and restorations if not for maintaining seaworthiness then re-configuring her for a filming production.
In October 2012 heading back to St. Petersburg Florida, the Bounty saw her end when Captain Walbridge made a fatal error steering the ship into the path of Hurricane Sandy and was sunk off the coast of North Carolina. May she rest in Peace.
I hope you enjoyed this mutinous epic yet seaworthy feature
Thank you for stopping by my Pirate Blog today.
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“Et lux in tenebris to serve laboro, sum sicarius” “I work in the shadows to serve the Light, I am an Assassin”
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