Friday, August 31, 2007

Launching the Bounty

Our shipwrights spent more than a year rebuilding this famous ship from the waterline up. During this period the working crew grew from 18 to 49. This 412 ton vessel would not be with us today had it not been for Marlon Brando's sit-down strike. When he learned it was to be burned in the final reel of Mutiny on the Bounty, he refused to act in another scene until MGM created a scaled down version of Bounty for the burn scene.
The Bounty’s current protector is Bob Hansen. When he first brought her to us in 2001, Bounty had been leaking upwards to 30,000 gallons of water an hour at her pier. Our job was to rework the hull from the waterline down. During this recent visit to the shipyard, the scope of work included: Fastenings; 7,000 trunnels (locus wood dowels)
Keel: 54,000 lbs lead
Planking; 35,000 board ft of oak and Douglas fir
Deck: 3,500 board ft Douglas fir
Framing; :30,000 board ft of oak
We wish the Bounty and her crew fair winds and following seas.
A highly pleased owner will now take her on a recreation of her original voyage, starting in England and ending up in Pitcairn Island.
Watch the launching of the Bounty video.
Follow the Bounty's adventures

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