Originally Posted by jimjazzdad
Some here have made reference to the fact that the HMS Bounty was built for the 1962 film "Mutiny on the Bounty" and speculated that the vessel may have been a 'movie prop' and, therefore, less than seaworthy. The HMS Bounty was built by Smith & Rhuland in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Smith & Rhuland were commercial shipbuilders from 1900 until 1967, launching over 250 hulls including, tugs, ferries, minesweepers, cargo vessels, yachts, and Grand Banks schooners (including the Bluenose and the Bluenose II). They didn't build movie props; everything launched from their slip was solid & seaworthy.
Smith & Rhuland in Lunenburg may be a good shipbuilder, but they were not the one who funded the project. There "may be" some compromise there building a prop for a movie to building a boat for ocean going voyage. Besides, over the years, Bounty has deteriorated without much of the funding. Bounty may be good to look at at the dock as for educational purpose. Heading into the storm of the century with limited inexperienced crews is a bit too much.
I understand that there are a few captain friends of Walbridge defend his decision. This tragedy could have been avoid.