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Naval Sailing Ship Model - HMS Bounty Object Reg. No: ST 023525

Model of the armed transport ship Bounty commanded by Captain William Bligh. Under the command of Captain William Bligh, the Bounty was sent to Tahiti in 1789 by the Royal Navy to collect breadfruit as part of a British government plan to cultivate this crop to feed slaves in the West Indies. Fletcher Christian led a mutiny which resulted in Bligh and others being cast adrift in a ship's boat which eventually reached Timor. The Bounty was later sailed to Pitcairn Island where it was burned by some of the mutineers in 1790 who then settled on the island with a group of 11 Tahitian women.

This 1:48 scale model was built by Edward Freeman Prentice and was donated to the Museum in 1952.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs W. Haysom, 1952
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: naval vessels, ship models, -1, mutiny on the bounty 1787
Themes this item is part of: Transport Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Wind Power - Sailing Vessels
Tertiary Classification: model naval vessels - british
Model Scale: 1:48
Modelmaker: Mr Edward Prentice, Australia, circa 1939
Repairer: R. Serle, Victoria, Australia, 1952
Ship Depicted: Royal Navy (RN)
Person Named: Captain William Bligh


David Byron Posted on 09 Dec 2009 5:46 AM
Greetings. I have spent many hours in vain, searching for the scale model of HMS Bounty, made by my father, Dr. Malcolm Melrose. Built plank by plank. over 20 yrs. For a time in the Hereford Museum. They do not now have it. His close friend, Dr. Longridge also was an expert on the sailing vessels of the period. I have tried various maritime museums, UK. Any help or info much appreciated ! Regards David Byron.
Discovery Centre Posted on 09 Dec 2009 12:07 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi David,
We have referred your enquiry to the Engineering Curator and unfortunately we do not have any records detailing your father’s model. We suggest you consider contacting the The Australian Maritime Museum in Sydney or the Queenscliff Maritime Museum
Daryl Posted on 11 Dec 2009 10:21 AM
Is the museum interested in any other model boats from the first fleet?.
Discovery Centre Posted on 14 Dec 2009 10:50 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Daryl, first fleet ship models are not currently one of our collecting priorities. However, we do rely heavily on donations from members of the public and appreciate such kind offers. To make donation offers go to
Pauline Reynolds Posted on 20 Nov 2012 12:49 PM
Great page! To let you know, the Bounty arrived at Pitcairn Island with 12 Polynesian women (your summary states 11). Feel free to contact me for more information if you wish. Regards, Pauline Reynolds.

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