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HMS BOUNTY tall ship model

HMS Bounty, also known as HM Armed Vessel Bounty, was a merchant vessel purchased by the Royal Navy for a botanical mission.  The ship, under the command of William Bligh, was sent to the Pacific Ocean to acquire breadfruit plants and transport them to British possessions in the West Indies.  That mission was never completed, due to a mutiny led by the acting Master, Fletcher Christian.  This was the famous Mutiny on the Bounty.

A new HMS Bounty was constructed in Nova Scotia for the 1962 film Mutiny on the Bounty.  Until 2012, she was owned by not-for-profit organizations whose primary aim was to sail her and other square rigged sailing ships, and she sailed the world to appear at harbors.  On October 29, 2012, sixteen Bounty crew-members abandoned ship off the coast of North Carolina in Hurricane Sandy.  The ship sank at 12:45 UTC Monday October 29, 2012, and two crew members, including Captain Robin Walbridge were missing.  The Captain was not found and presumed dead.  The body of other missing crew members was recovered later.   Her name was Claudene Christian and she was the great-great-great-great-great granddaughter of Fletcher Christian, the leader fo the mutiny on the original HMS Bounty. 

A second HMS Bounty replica, named HMAV Bounty, was built in New Zealand in 1979 and used in the 1984 film The Bounty.  For many years she served the tourist excursion market from Darling Harbor, Sydney, Australia, before being sold to HKR International Limited in October 2007.  She became a tourist attraction in Discovery Bay, on Lantau Island in Hong Kong. 

On 25 October 2012, the replica HMS Bounty left New London, Connecticut, heading for St. Petersburg, Florida, initially going on an easterly course to avoid Hurricane Sandy. On 29 October 2012 at 03:54 EDT, the ship's owner called the United States Coast Guard for help during the hurricane after she lost contact with the ship's master.  There were sixteen people aboard. Fourteen people had been rescued from liferafts by two rescue helicopters. The storm had washed the captain and two crew overboard—one of the latter had made it to a liferaft, but the other two were missing. They wore orange survival suits complete with strobe lights, thereby giving rescuers some hope of finding them alive.  Claudene Christian, one of the two missing crew members and who claimed to be a descendant of HMS Bounty mutineer Fletcher Christian, was found dead by the Coast Guard. She was unresponsive, and rushed to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The other missing crew member was long-time captain Robin Walbridge. Raised in Montpelier, Vermont, Walbridge later moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. He was a field mechanic on houseboats who worked his way up to obtaining a 1600 ton license in 1995, when he began working as a Bounty crew member.  Search efforts for Walbridge continued over an area of 12,000 square nautical miles until they were suspended on 1 November 2012.

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This HMS Bounty model features:

  • Superior hollow hull construction (very important)

  • All parts are wooden or metal

  • Fine deck details

  • Realistic thin sails

  • Authentic rigging system comprised of many different sizes of rope

  • Full length masts and bowsprit per original blueprints

  • Correct boats on deck

  • Beautiful stern gallery that no other commercial HMS Bounty model can match

    37" long x 35" tall x 15 wide     $2,500  

To add 110v light feature:  $200  

 

Shipping and handling cost: for shipment in the USA: $220, Canada and Hawaii $390, Europe, Middle East and Africa $450, Australia and East Asia $590.  Will be added automatically during the checkout process.  Model will arrive in about seven days.  Express 2-day service in the USA is also available during the checkout process.