Service vessel; Launch

Full hull model, built at a scale of 1:48, representing the launch in which Lieutenant William Bligh of the 'Bounty' and 18 members of his crew were cast adrift after the infamous mutiny of 1789. He sailed it 3,618 nautical miles across the Pacific to reach safety in Timor, 41 days later. Built from the original plans held in the Museum’s Collection, the hull is carved from the solid with the frames and other fittings added. It is complete with a small grapnel anchor as well as the large windlass and stern davit (probably removed for the ocean voyage) which were used for handling the ship’s heavy anchors and ropes. The rig is two-masted, with a balanced lug on the foremast and a settee sail on the main.

The Museum also holds various relics from the voyage including a beaker used to measure the daily water allowance (NMM no. ZBA2703), a bullet pendant used as a weight to measure the men’s daily ration of bread (ZBA2702) and the coconut shell used by Bligh inscribed, 'The cup I eat my miserable allowance out' (ZBA2701).

Object Details

ID: SLR2992
Collection: Ship models
Type: Full hull model; Rigged model; Sails set
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Lightley, Robert A.
Events: Mutiny on the Bounty, 1789
Vessels: Bounty (purchased 1787)
Date made: 1988
Exhibition: Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Reproduced with kind permission of Robert Lightley
Measurements: Overall model: 121 x 152 x 53 mm; Base: 160 x 53 mm; Travelling box: 173 x 161 x 60 mm
Parts: Service vessel; Launch

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