HMS Bounty - 09259-7

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HMS Bounty

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The description below is taken from the Airfix catalogue this kit was first seen in. There may also be extra information underneath the main catalogues description.

Airfix Catalogue description:

'Mutiny on the Bounty' is one of the most chronicled sea stories in history. At the end of 1787 Lt. William Bligh, a seaman of considerable experience, was sent to the Pacific in command of HMS Bounty, a merchantman converted by the Royal Navy for carrying breadfruit trees from Tahiti to the West Indies. On April 28, 1789, when the ship was near the Friendly Islands, the crew mutinied against Bligh's severe command. Led by the master's mate, Fletcher Christian, the mutineers took over the ship and set Bligh and 17 others adrift in a 23 ft open launch. The mutineers themselves went to Tahiti and on to Pitcairn Island and settled there, some later being captured and returned to Britain for trial. Bligh and his companions eventually landed at Timor in the East Indies, having made an epic voyage of nearly 4,000 miles. He returned to England in 1790, and ultimately introduced the breadfruit tree into the West Indies.

The Bounty began life as the Bethia, a bluff-bowed merchantman. She was purchased by the Admiralty in May 1787 and taken to Deptford for modification to carry breadfruit plants. For defensive purposes, the ship was equipped with four short 4-pounder carriage guns and ten half-pound swivel guns mounted on the hull. The ship accommodated a crew of 45 and carried three boats, the famous 23 ft launch, a 20 ft cutter, and a 16 ft jolly boat. Admiralty records show that the ship's wooden sheathing boards protecting her hull below the waterline were removed when in dock and replaced with copper. She had a total of five anchors, two large ones carried at the catheads, and three more stowed in the hold. To carry the breadfruit plants, the entire lower deck from the after hatchway to the stern was converted into store. The deck was covered with lead as a means of preserving fresh water used to care for the plants. The captain's cabin was situated on the port side of the lower deck and the sailing master had an identical cabin on the starboard side. Few illustrations exist for the Bounty as her one and only voyage was when she sailed for the Pacific. However, the admiralty produced sets of drawings when the ship was at Deptford and her overall dimensions according to these diagrams show she had an overall length of 104 ft 9 in and a breadth of 24 ft 3 in.

Airfix Series: 9
First Issued: 1979

Artists information below is taken from:
Airfix Collectors Club, Artist and Kit list - 6th Ed. Compiled by Jeremy Brook.
Artist on Box Type 6: Geoff Hunt

This kit appeared in these catalogues:
17th Edition (1980) Ref: 09259-7
1982 Edition Ref: 09259-7
1987 Edition Ref: 09259
1988 Edition Ref: 09259
1989 Edition Ref: 09259
1990 Edition Ref: 09259
1992 Edition Ref: 09259
1993 Edition Ref: 09259
1994 Edition Ref: 09259
1995 Edition Ref: 09259
1996 Edition Ref: 09259
1997 Edition Ref: 09259
1998 Edition Ref: 09259
1999 Edition Ref: 09259
2000 Edition Ref: 09259
2001 Edition Ref: 09259
2002 Edition Ref: 09259
2003 Edition Ref: 09259
2004 Edition Ref: 09259
2005 Edition Ref: 09259
2006 Edition Ref: 09259
2007 Edition Ref: 09259
2008 Edition Ref: A09259


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