Want to Own a Piece of the ORIGINAL HMS Bounty?

UPDATE!!!! The Cannon Sold for £17.000 ($22,800 US)!

Talk about owning a piece of history!

bounty cannon

This beauty is said to be a 1,320 lb iron 4-pounder from the HMS Bounty, one of the Royal Navy’s most famous naval ships of all time.

You may have seen the 1960’s movie, Mutiny on the Bounty, which, for the most part, gives you the story.

Here’s the short version:

The HMS Bounty was on a mission in the West Indies in 1789. Their job was to collect plant samples, but things weren’t going well. Captain William Bligh and his crew were not getting along and on April 28, the crew mutinied, led by Acting Lieutenant Fletcher Christian. The first mate and his mutinous backers took over the ship and sent the Captain and his supporters adrift. A depiction of the mutiny is shown in this 1790 painting by Robert Dodd.

Mutiny On The Bounty Contemporary Painting (Att National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London)

After the mutiny, Christian and his comrades made their way to Pitcairn island, settled, and burned the ship.

When it comes to big guns, the HMS Bounty had four cannon ( 4-pounders) that went down with the burning vessel.

Two are on display on Pitcairn Island.

One is a corroded piece that was not preserved when pulled out of the water years back.

 

1 of the Bounty 4-pounder cannon on Pitcairn Island

The second was brought up and conserved properly and looks beautiful!
BOUNTY CANNON RECOVERED FROM PITCAIRN ISLAND IN 1999 BY NIGEL ERSKINE.

(BOUNTY CANNON RECOVERED FROM PITCAIRN ISLAND IN 1999 BY NIGEL ERSKINE. Photo by Nigel Erskine)

Two of the 4-pounders had been salvaged in the 1800s.
One of those is on display at the Norfolk Island Museum, off the coast of Australia.
Photo By Norfolk Island Museum

(A Cannon and Kettle from HMS Bounty – Photo By Norfolk Island Museum)

 

And ,according to the history of the gun going up for sale, this is the second of the barrels pulled from the water in the 1800s.

BBC Bounty Cannon image

(Photo by BBC)

 

According to the paperwork that comes with the barrel, over the last 120 years  it has moved multiple times.

In 1898, it was gifted to a British Sea Captain by the great-grandson of one of the mutineers.

In 1913 it went into the possession of Evelyn Parker.  She bought Little Cumbrae Island, off the coast of Scotland,  and had the cannon placed on the island.

In 1960, businessman Peter Kaye, purchased the island, cannon included. He eventually moved it to the lawn of his house in Kirkcudbright, Scotland.

Today,  Saturday, June 9, 2018. The cannon was auctioned by Auctioneer Thomson Roddick.

Estimates ran anywhere from  £10,000 ($13,400US) to  £500,000 (just under $700,000 US). At the final hammer fall, she sold for £17.000 ($22,800 US)!

Care to read more?

Go take a gander at this blog post by Nigel Erskine ( He brought up the 1999 cannon).  It is brilliant and contains many details about the cannon he brought up, as well as some interesting observations and questions about the cannon going up for auction.  It is definitely worth a read!

 

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