Originally Posted by Hartley18
Hang on there a sec.. stick to the facts:
To my mind he makes a good point. The many, many, pictures out there of the Bounty "sinking" show the decks awash but the vessel otherwise completely intact. If the frames or fasteners were in any way rotten or otherwise "faulty", having tons of water sloshing around inside the hull would have split the ship apart. This simply did not happen.
With no working bilge pumps, the end result is simply a matter of time...
I just did some rough calcs and they way I figure Bounty with just the floataion of the wood alone could float well over 100,000 lbs. I think they had 80,000 lbs lead and then engines, pump, and other equipment would add quite a bit more, but with some trapped air pockets it would be normal for the ship to float for quite a while before she sank, even if her hull was split open below water.