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Article from 1939 of JOHN LYMAN

Article from "Ships & Ship Models" Volume 8, No 94. June 1939

The Painting of the "Bounty"
By JOHN LYMAN


The "Bounty" and "Pandora" vessels in Long Beach Harbour

In view of the correspondence which lately appeared in SHIPS AND SHIP MODELS concerning the painting of H.M.A.T. Bounty of 1784, I thought the accompanying notes and photographs might be of interest to readers. The vessels are the replicas of the Bounty and the frigate Pandora, built in 1935 for the filming of "Mutiny on the Bounty." These replicas (or rather, models, as they are somewhat smaller than the original ships) are laid up at present in Long Beach harbor, California, where I photographed them some time ago in the E. W. Scripps.

The reconstructions were made on the hulls of two old schooners originally built for the coasting lumber trade, the Lily and Nanuk ex Ottilie Fjord. Lily or Bounty was built at San Francisco in 1882, a two-masted schooner of 142 gross tons and dimensions 102.5 x 28.8 x 8.8 feet while Nanok or Pandora (she was also Hispaniola in "Treasure Island ") was a three-master built at Fairhaven, California, ten years later, with gross tonnage 261, and dimensions 130.0 x 31.6 x 9.6 feet.


The Lily=H.M.S. Bounty is on the left

They are painted as follows: Bounty has dark ochre bottom, light ochre topsides, one brown wale and two white stripes; stern carvings and window moldings white. Pandora has a green bottom, black topsides with 2 yellow wales; port strake yellow with two white stripes; top rail orange; head rails yellow and white; stern orange and white. Both vessels have the three lower masts painted and treated to represent built spars, but only Bounty, has the white chapels.

Doublings are white and the rest of the spars brown. Pandora has three topgallant yards; Bounty topgallants and royals. Both vessels are in rather poor condition alow and aloft now, as the paint and many of the faked fittings are succumbing to the effects of weather and the fumes of an industrial harbor.



John Lyman (1915-77) was Assistant oceanographer, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, LaJolla, CA from 1937-1941. Later he was Oceanographer at the U.S. Navy Hydrographic Office and became Director of the Division of Oceanography for the U.S. Navy Department. John Lyman was also instrumental in creating UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.



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