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...it was history, a story about the struggle of real men, without the usual load of cinema romance.
Clark Gable
Note: This website is an ongoing research project by Mark Winthrop of Copenhagen Denmark

Ships used in the 1935 MGM Gable & Laughton version of Mutiny on the Bounty

The replicas of the H.M.S. Bounty which were used in the (1962) Mutiny on the Bounty and (1984) The Bounty were built for the films. And both still exist.
The Hollywood movie companies in the 1920's and 1930's were able to acquire retired commercial sailing vessels and have them converted to resemble historical vessels for their films.
The replicas of H.M.S. Bounty and H.M.S. Pandora used in the 1935 MGM Gable & Laughton version of Mutiny on the Bounty were vessels with a colourful history of their own that were re-built to resemble the historical vessels in the movie.

At a Wilmington California shipyard the "Lily" - on the slipway - is in the process of having new ribs installed around her original hull to give her the required beam to portray H.M.S. Bounty. In the background the "Nanuk" - fully rigged - is being prepared as H.M.S. Pandora.

For the the 1935 MGM Gable & Laughton version of Mutiny on the Bounty 4 vessels were prepared:

1. H.M.S. Bounty: The ship used to portray H.M.S. Bounty was originally the 2 mast schooner 'Lily', 142 tons, built by Dickie Bros. at San Francisco in 1882. Read more here

2.H.M.S. Pandora: The ship used to portray the H.M.S. Pandora was originally the three-mast schooner Nanuk (ex. Ottilie Fjord), 261 tons. Read more here Danish-born Master Shipbuilder Hans Ditlev Bendixsen built the vessel at Fairhaven, Calif. in 1892.

3. H.M.S. Bounty's Launch: H.M.S. Bounty's launch was built for MGM at the illustrious Fellows and Stewart Shipyard in Willmington, California. Read more here

4. A sailing scale model of H.M.S. Bounty: A 27-foot scale model for use during filming of the wreck of H.M.S. Bounty at Pitcairn Island. Read more here



The Lily being rebuilt as the H.M.S Bounty's at a Wilmington California shipyard. Photos taken by a carpenter at the boatyard recently discovered in Arkansas. See them here
An article from a contemporary issue of Popular Mechanics Monthly entitled Old Sailing vessels "made up" as famous ships for the movies about the rebuilding of the vessels for use in the 1935 Mutiny on the Bounty film has been found at the J. Porter Shaw Library at the San Francisco Maritime Historical Park. The complete article can be seen here.

Last photos of the vessels?

These (origin: an article by John Lyman, in *Ships & Ship Models* Volume 8, No 94. June 1939 Read the complete article here) photos are the H.M.S. Bounty and H.M.S. Pandora lying alongside each other at anchor in the Port of Long Beach (read more about the Port of Long Beach and these vessels here) in the 1930's.  Both vessels and their rigging appear to be in excellent condition, yet John Lyman reports in his article that:Both vessels are in rather poor condition alov and aloft now, as the paint and many of the faked fittings are succumbing to the effect of weather and the fumes of an industrial harbour.


The Lily=H.M.S. Bounty is on the left
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Larger version of this image

Here are enlarged versions of the sterns of the two ships. It is possible to discern that the H.M.S. Bounty has a small sign with the name "Lily" and the H.M.S. Pandora has a small sign with the name "Nanuk" ! I suppose that they continued to have these names in the Ships Registry, even after the re-build, and needed to be marked with these for identification purposes while in port - showing the small signs with their names.


The Lily


The Nanuk




The curator of exhibitions at the Catalina Island Museum informs me that:
You may also want to mention that the Catalina Island Museum currently has an exhibition that explores the filming of Mutiny on the Bounty on Catalina Island.


Dedicated to Second unit assistant cameraman Glenn Strong who tragically drowned on July 25, 1935 near Point Bennett, San Miguel Island, when a barge fitted up to resemble HMS Pandora capsized and sank during the production of Mutiny on the Bounty. Glenn Strong drowned while trying to retrieve a camera mounted on the vessel's superstructure.



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