HMS Bounty, Replica

HMS Bounty

  • The Bounty starred in Hollywood blockbusters Mutiny on the Bounty, starring Marlon Brando, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  • The Canadian-made replica vessel got caught in storms near Hatteras, N.C.

Ms Christian was a former Miss Teen Alaska and attended the University of Southern Carolina.

The coast guard said 42-year-old Claudene Christian was pulled from the water but later pronounced dead

What the heck was the Bounty doing there? One  of the worst spots to be in a hurricane…in the world.

Last sight of the Bounty.

HMS Bounty, Replica

Full specifications:

A scaled up replica of the original HMS Bounty, launched in 1961, commissioned by MGM for their 1962 film, Mutiny on the Bounty. 

She was built from the original ship’s drawings on file in the British Admiralty archives. She was constructed in the traditional manner at Smith and Ruhland Shipyard in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. All the dimensions were increased by approximately one third.   In recent years she has been almost completely rebuilt.

Bounty  Replica – Approximate Dimensions

Length Overall  180 ft 54.86m
Length on Deck  120ft 36.58m
Beam  32ft 9.75m
Freeboard 12 ft 3.66m
Draft  13ft 3.96m
Air Draft 115ft 35.05m
Sail Area 10,000 sq ft 929sqm
Displacement  500tons
Registered Gross Tons 412

Classification and notes

The Bounty is currently classed as a dockside attraction which is a classification not a statement on her seaworthiness (she recently completed a seven month tour to Canada and Europe.) The ‘tween decks could be easily be configured to sleep more in cabins if desired. Since she is a US Flagged ship she would need a SSV certification to carry more, potentially up to 49 over night and 149 daytime. Estimated cost to make the vessel in compliance with Coast Guard standards for such a certificate is about $350,000. Her galley is set to accommodate this number easily now.


1 Captains Cabin
Large ‘tween decks entertainment area
3 guest cabins with 2 double beds
6 guest cabins with double beds
2 heads / shower rooms
Berths for 24 crew members

Rig, Sails and Spars

3-mast fully rigged ship
Timber main and foremasts
Steel lower mizzen mast incorporates engine dry exhaust
Yards, spanker boom and gaff – pine and spruce
Standing rigging stays – steel wire served with marlin on turnbuckles
Standing rigging shrouds – Kevlar / Poly lines with deadeyes and lanyards
Forged Iron chainplates
Coarse, topsail, topgallant, and royal on both main and foremast
Spanker, topsail, topgallant and royal on mizzen
ll sails are in near new condition and Oceanus sailcloth

HMS Bounty, Replica

Deck Equipment

2,300lb Stbd bow anchor
1,300 lb Port bow anchor
2 x Timberland 7.5hp electric windlasses (2004)
Traditional manual vertical capstan with timber pikes
Ritchie PowerDamp steering compass

General Equipment

Island Air custom heating / air conditioning installation.
Comprehensive electric galley – 220 Vac 
2 x Frigidaire electric cookers 
2 x Magic Chef refrigerators 
4 x chest freezers (Kenmore and Electrolux)
2 x Microwave cookers
80 gallon hot water tank with immersion heater
2 x electric flush toilets
2 x Maytag washer / driers

Engines and Machinery

2 x  John Deere 375hp diesels
Twin Disc Gearboxes
…. driving  54inch x 42inch 4-blade props.
Racor duplex fuel filters
2 x John Deere 4-cylinder 35KW 3-phase generators
Scienco model MX5S sewage treatment plant


Water – 1,800 US gallons in 2 stainless steel tanks
Diesel – 4 x steel tanks 900gallon each + 2 x 250 gallon day tanks  
Holding – 900 gallon 

Electrics / Electronics

4 x double banks of 8-D 12Volt Batteries 
Electrical systems completely rewired 2002 or later
Comprehensive switching / circuit breakers
KVH Azimuth 314 electronic compass
Radar Raytheon 
Raytheon depth
Magellan GPS
Icom IC-M700 SSB Radio telephone
VHF Radio telephone

Safety Gear

2 x 25 man life rafts
50 x Adult Personal Flotation Devices
10 x Child PFDs
3 x life circular buoys,  1 with floating light
2 x 7.5hp combination fire and bilge pumps
Engine driven pump

4 x four pounder Cannon (this may be under the wrong heading – Somali Pirates!)

Shore Gear

2 x 20ft gangplanks

About On the North River

Forty years toiled in the Tel-com industry, married for 36 years widowed at sixty-one. New girlfriend at sixty-five. Was a Tea Party supporter. Today a follower of the Last American President to be honestly elected, Donald J. Trump.
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