HM Armed Vessel BOUNTY. Built at Blaydes Shipyard in 1794 in Hull England as the collier BETHIA at a cost of £1,950. Refitted and renamed BOUNTY in 1787 for Bligh’s breadfruit expedition of 1787-1789.

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BOUNTY was a small merchant vessel purchased by the Royal Navy for a botanical mission. The ship was sent to the Pacific Ocean to acquire breadfruit plants and transport them to British possessions in the West Indies. That mission was never completed, due to a mutiny led by the acting Master, Fletcher Christian.

Commissioned: 16 August 1787
Fate: Burned 23 January 1790
Displacement: 215 tonnes
Overall Length: 90ft 10ins
Beam: 24ft 4ins
Depth of hold: 11ft 4ins
Sail Plan: Fully rigged ship
Armament: 4×4 pounders plus 10 swivel guns
Crew: 44 officers and men

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