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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...

Originally Posted by jimjazzdad View Post
Sorry Paulo, but you are misinformed. The HMS Bounty was built to the original drawings for the 1784 Bounty, found in the British Admiralty archives (she was made slightly larger to accommodate the filming of the movie). Also the budget argument doesn't hold true in that era - think of films like Ben Hur - huge money was spent by Hollywood in those days. After launch in Nova Scotia, HMS Bounty was SAILED to Tahiti for location filming. (snip)
All very true. MGM made a "making of" documentary of the 1962 movie, and it included footage of the construction of the ship. As to other poster's claims that materials used in the construction of the original ship are no longer available, that is quite inaccurate. British ships of the period used Oak planking for the hull, and of course Oak is still available. If you view the video posted earlier of the ship on fairly rough seas from 2010, there is a glimpse down the companionway. Note the woodwork framing - scarfed joints in hardwood.

She was sailed to Tahiti (that's pretty literally halfway round the world) and back, and she also crossed the Atlantic at least once, touring the UK a few years ago. The ship was definitely well built, it was anything BUT a prop, in the usual Hollywood sense.

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