Ever since I was young, I was captivated by the story of the Bounty. Of all the films about the mutiny (I think there were 3), I equally enjoyed the 1935 film with Charles Laughton and Clark Gable and the 1962 film starring Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard. Since my mother was born within a few miles of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia where the Bounty II was built for the 1962 Mutiny on the Bounty film, I have enjoyed following the travels of the Bounty II until it was lost a sea late last year off the coast of North Carolina (Hurricane Sandy).
The original Bounty was built in 1784 near Hull, England and started its life as a collier named the Bethia. In May, 1787 she was purchased by the Royal Navy, refitted and renamed the Bounty. She had been purchased by the Royal Navy for the voyage to Tahiti to acquire breadfruit plants and transport them to the West Indies where they would be planted as a food source for the slave population. The ships compliment for the voyage which started on Dec. 23, 1787 was 46 officers and men. She arrived in Tahiti on Oct. 26, 1788. The rest of the adventure is probably known to everyone or you can check it out at one of the many online sites devoted to the Bounty.
The following map was copied from Wikipedia. The red line shows the movement of the Bounty up to the mutiny. The yellow line shows the Bounty's movements under Christian's command after the mutiny. Lastly, th green line shows the journey of Bligh in an open boat after the mutiny.
I'll share the dozen or so stamps I have and invite anyone who has others to also post them.
The first Pitcairn Islands stamp is Scott # 2 and it shows Fletcher Christian and crew overlooking Pitcairn Island.
Isle of Man Scott #391 issued Apr. 28, 1989 showing Peter Heywood on Tahiti. Heywood was not allowed in the open boat with Bligh's crew. He was subsequently court-martialed and later pardoned by the King.
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