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.
Ok, it is possible. It does not much sense that a boat that was made to be burned some months after was built to the same specifications of a boat to last a normal life simply because it would be a big waste of money, but I admit it was possible and some that built the boat said recently that it was a well built boat.
But there are other factors to take in consideration: That boat largely out lasted the normal life s of a wooden boat, I mean the life span that was expected in the time boats like that were built. The reason because the life span was of about 30 years was because after that it was more expensive to maintain a boat in seaworthiness condition than to build a new one.
Wooden boats can be maintained 3 times more time or even forever if all wood is replaced by new one, but the reason of that maintenance is not an economic one, but a symbolic one and the costs are huge.
I know that the boat has been recently restored but the sums to maintain one of this boats fully operational are really huge.
"At one point in her life, lack of maintenance caused the vessel to temporarily lose her United States Coast Guard license, but Bounty was restored. The vessel's bottom planking was restored at the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard in 2002. ... In April 2006, Bounty again arrived in Boothbay Harbor for further renovation including refurbishing the ship's bow and topside decking. Following this renovation, Bounty was scheduled to repeat the famous voyage of the original Bounty...... a US$3 million restoration ...Bounty's owners had tried, unsuccessfully, to sell the vessel since 2010. The ship was for sale as of 2012 for US$4.6 million. In summer 2012, the ship was stationed in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She took part in OpSail 2012 and, in August 2012, was in Halifax. In September and October, 2012, Bounty was in drydock in Boothbay Harbor for maintenance. She was launched from the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard on 22 October 2012."
To give you an idea we (the Portuguese) have several sailing ships in sailing condition, but the most famous and older (the only with a wooden hull) is only maintained in museum condition. I mean the boat is on the water, can be towed in fair weather and does not make water but is not in condition to sail a storm. The same happens with many European wooden famous boats, from the Cutty Sark to the Vasa.
The reason was that to make it fully operational it would have costed two or three times morel. The recovery costed about 6 million USD in 1998 (and the costs of doing that in Portugal are certainly a lot lesser than in the US). It is true that the recovery work was bigger, but it is also true that today that would cost probably two times more. After that the Ship received more expensive maintenance work in 2007. This is just to give an idea of the costs of maintaining a wooden sailing ship.
I am just pointing out a problem that is common to many tall ships that are not owned by state or other powerful institution that can afford to spend millions a year to maintain these kind of boats: Simply a foundation will not be able to maintain the ship that is not commercially viable and that represents a huge spending of money. They have the boat for sale for less than what costed the last 10 years of maintenance.
It was said, including by the crew that the engines and generators were not very trustworthy and I doubt the ship was in "as new condition" in what regards structural seaworthiness.
Of course I like old ships but I guess that measures have to be taken to assure they are properly inspected and that those that make this inspections remain accountable in what regards his work and even so taking one of then to a hurricane