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Long Beach and the Mutiny on the Bounty vessels

The Port of Long Beach report that :

The two vessels you inquired about were indeed in the harbour for some time. During filming and some time after.....As to the fate of the two movie ships, this is actually quite hazy. There were numerous tall ships through the neighbouring LA/LB ports for many years - rotting remnants of days gone by. As areas were developed during the war and later for commercial use, the small wharves that housed such vessels disappeared, along with the vessels. Such is the fate of the two movie ships. They just gradually faded from memory, stuck in the back channel away from the real hustle and bustle of the port, until no one really knows what happened to them.
The two ships were kept in what is today the Cerritos Channel (we call it the back channel). At the time this was the only real channel in the port. Also, though the demarcation lines were fuzzy at that time, the boats were likely in the Port of Los Angeles. If you look at the picture I have sent, I have indicated the area that they were located, though no one is sure exactly where within this area.

Aerial photo of the Port of Long Beach today

Aerial photo of the Port of Long Beach in the 1930's

I have researched the Port of Long Beach in connection with these photos. The oil towers in both photos of the vessels are consistent with Long Beach.

Long Beach in the late 1930's

John Lyman reports in the 1939 article that accompanied the pictures of the two vessels that he had "photographed them some time ago in the E. W. Scripps." Lyman was employed by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, LaJolla, CA from 1937-1941. Thus the photos cannot be older than 1937. Oil is discovered in the harbour in 1936 and in 1938 the first oil well is brought in. This helps date the photos as oil rigs are clearly visible in all three of the article's photos of the vessels. As the article was published in 1939, the photos must be from 1938 or 1939. 

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