Steering Gear

There was nothing out of the ordinary about Bounty7 s steering gear and apart from coppering the rudder and installing bronze fastenings it was not changed from that of Bethia. The rudder itself was made up of two large timbers and was hung on the stern post by means of four large hinges formed by gudgeons on the stern post and pintles on the rudder. A hole was cut in the transom planking, through which the rudder passed, and the two transom timbers on either side of it were spaced to allow the...


Although Bounty carried four 4-pounder guns (short) and ten half-pounder swivels she could not, by any definition, be termed a fighting ship. Bounty mounted guns for two reasons first as a deterrent to pirates (who were often found on the eastern seas) and any hostile natives who might be encountered and second to salute another ship or when entering port. Bounty's 4-pounder guns were the standard design Naval gun, and as such they were mounted on wooden carriages. The 4-pounder given in the...

Hms Bounty Staysails

Bounty was fully rigged as a ship that is, she carried square sails on all three masts. Although this point is quite obvious it is worth mentioning, as her size makes her rig somewhat unusual, in that vessels of less than 250 tons were customarily rigged fore-and-aft. Generally the fore-and-aft rig required less manpower per ton to handle and this was an important consideration for merchantmen. Square sails carried on Bounty were spritsail on the bowsprit course, topsail and topgallant sail on...

The Hawse Holes Of Bounty

Hawse Holes Boats

Wing transom and transoms - seven in number numbers 1 to 7 - hawse pieces numbers 8 to 19 - cant frames (bow) numbers 20 to 78 - square frames numbers 79 to 89 - cant frames (stern) numbers 90 to 92 - fashion and filling pieces B4 2 Room and space detail (1 32 scale) B4 3 Outboard profile framing (1 96 scale) 8. Counter timber 9- Stern timber 11. Opening for quarter gallery B4 4 Isometric showing framing (no scale) 2. Knighthead 3- Hawse pieces

Running Rigging

Plans Notre Dame Paris

H2 1 Elevation of running rigging (1 192 scale) H2 2 Isometric f running rigging (no scale) H2 2 Isometric f running rigging (no scale) J2 2 Outboard profile (1 96 scale) J2 13 Isometric of 20-foot cutter under sail (no scale) l i r l l I I l I I I I I l I I I Jlf 6 7 M J ' A 0 CDiiJJf P l i r l l I I l I I I I I l I I I Jlf 6 7 M J ' A 0 CDiiJJf P

Hms Bounty Plan

Voc Boten Onderdelen

Great cabin renovated to form greenhouse 5. Deck locker removed gratings installed 6. Ports added to hatch and companionway coamings 9. Carpenter's and Boatswain's cabins removed port and starboard 11. Pantry and Captain's dining cabin added 12- Stove and galley removed from hold 13. Galley stove chimney removed 15. Cabins rearranged at fore platform 16. Cabins rearranged at aft platform 17. Air scuttles added (three locations port and three locations...

Plans Bounty

Fcr fore tapgdkrt most - SVj'Oceptf - hole for fore topmast S V sajare - wntre G6 2 Fore lower mast - fid, bolster, chock and bibb (1 48 scale) G6 3 Fore topmast cap - plan, side elevation and front elevation (1 48 scale) G6 4 Fore topmast - fid, bolster and cheek block (1 48 scale)

Storing Anchor Cables Of Hms Bounty

The two 13cwt anchors were wooden stocked bower anchors one was recovered from Bounty Bay and is now at Pitcairn Island. Its principal dimensions are shown in Table 3. From the table of anchor dimensions it will be seen that these figures coincide with what was common practice of the day. When leaving Tahiti for the last time Fletcher Christian cut Bounty's anchor cable and 'ran'. This anchor was subsequently dragged for and recovered by Pandora, the frigate sent to capture Bounty's mutineers,...

Hms Bounty One Or Two Masts

As originally ordered by the Navy Board on 20 June 1787, while Bounty was fitting out, her boats were to be a 20-foot launch, and 18-foot cutter and a 16-foot cutter or jolly boat. These boats were apparently delivered to Deptford Yard but at Bligh's request the first two were exchanged for a 23-foot launch and a 20-foot cutter. Bligh, having had experience in the South Seas, realized the value of large boats for provisioning and watering. The Navy Board's We also know that the launch was a...

Hull Construction

The drawings of Bounty *s hull in this book are based on two sets of contemporary draughts the first was prepared to illustrate Bethia for the Admiralty, and the second, based on the firsts to show proposed changes. The first draught is dated 25 June 1787 and shows Bethia as she was purchased the second* dated 19 November 1787, embodies the modifications required by the Admiralty, and was used by Deptford Yard. Both sets of drawings show an outboard profile, half breadth plan and body plan on...

Masts And Yards

Details concerning the dimensions of Bounty's masts and yards are well documented as some of her spars were altered twice during refit and proposed changes to them were recorded. In Table 5, the first set of figures is for Bethia as she was bought, as Deptford Yard sent them to the Navy Board on 6 June. With these figures came a request for instructions, and on 8 June the Board ordered that Bounty's masts and yards were to comply with the second set of figures listed. In comparing the two sets...

Ms Bounty Jolly Boat Buildin Plans

Note The figures given here do not precisely match the weights of Bounty's anchors they are the next closest size listed by Falconer- Note The figures given here do not precisely match the weights of Bounty's anchors they are the next closest size listed by Falconer- PUMPS great area of deck space and Bligh states the bow came 'well with the fore The pumps carried aboard Bounty were of the elm tree type that is, they were hatchway, rather projecting over it'. made from the trunk of an elm...


G5 3 Plan and elevation of fore lower cross tree forward 1 96 scale G5 4 Plan and elevation of fore lower cross tree aft 1 96 scale G5 5 Plan and elevation of fore lower tressel trees 1 96 scale G5 6 Plan of fore topmast top 1 48 scale 05 7 Plan and elevation of fore top tressel trees 1 48 scale G5 8 Plan and elevation of fore top cross trees 1 48 scale G5 9 Section of fore top fore and aft 1 48 scale

Crew And Accommodation

Based on a formula of 15.5 tons per man, Bethia, as a merchantman, would have required a crew of some fifteen men to sail her. For the purpose of the Navy's South Sea mission Bounty's total proposed complement was forty-five 1 Lieutenant to command 1 Master 1 Boatswain 1 Gunner 1 Carpenter 2 Quartermasters 1 Quartermaster's mate

Did Hms Bounty Have Copper Hull

One of the most fascinating aspects of Bounty, in terms of shipbuilding practices of the day, is that she was a merchant vessel not only converted into a 'floating greenhouse', but also refitted to meet the standards of the Royal Navy. Her refit took over three months to complete and cost more than her original purchase price. Refit and provisioning costs include 2504 spent on the hullj and 1952 spent on rigging and stores with her purchase price of 1950 this gives a total of 6406. The first...


Any difference between Bethia's and Bounty's rigging would be minimal, if there was a difference at all, and as Bounty was rerigged to suit the new spar configuration, it is safe to assume that her rigging met with Navy standards. As the smallest ship listed by Steel is of 250 tons ships from eighteen to fourteen guns, or from 300 to 250 tons , the rigging schedule shows rope sizes circumference as given for this ship, and as such some items, particularly the largest, may be slightly oversize....

Hms Bounty Plan Drawings

G2 8 Starboard block detail 1 48 scale Q2 9 Detail of bowsprit blocks 1 48 scale G2 10Bowsprit and jibboom detail 1 48 scale G2 11 Bowsprit cap - side elevation 1 48 scale G2 12Bowsprit cap - front elevation 1 48 scale G2 13Jib traveller - front and side elevation 1 96 scale G2 14Coflar and gammoning cleats no scale G2 15Sketch of spritsail yard no scale G2 17Sketch of jibboom end no scale


Decoration Stern

Compartmented flag locker Rudder head housing Tiller Quarterdeck Stern post shroud PannelJiog Wing transom Lower deck Rudder head Stern post Rudder Counter timber Stern window Stern timber Stern decoration Taffrail C3 4 Port elevation of flag locker 1 48 scale C3 4 Port elevation of flag locker 1 48 scale