Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 78 ft
Beam: 15 ft
Draft: 5 ft 6 ins
Displacement: 67 tons
Engine: 2x Gardner 4L3
Builder: Camper & Nicholson
Bounty was an ideal ship for the Navy to take over. Constructed by Camper & Nicholson at Gosport in 1936 she is a substantial 78ft motor yacht of 67 tons with two Gardner engines. Fast and powerful, she carried a dinghy and a 14ft motor launch.
At Dunkirk her owner, Lieut. C A Lundy RNVR, was in command of his ship throughout the operation and he kept a detailed log. At one time she was used as his Flagship by Commodore Stevenson. Lord Gort, the C-in-C. of the BEF, was taken in the Bounty from the minesweeper Hebe to the destroyer HMS Keith. Between 2100 and 2400 on May 31st the Bounty took troops from the beaches out to the destroyers. During one of these runs, while carrying 150 troops, the Bounty fouled her propeller and HMS Seriola towed her back to Ramsgate.
After the war a succession of owners cruised in her, but latterly her condition declined. Although she returned to Dunkirk for the 1985 reunion, the captain feared for her safety and would not go above 5 knots. She lay unused for two years, partly vandalised and was discovered on a slipway at Torpoint, Plymouth, by Dr. N E Harvey.
Now she has had a complete re-fit with new masts, hydraulic steering, air conditioning and electronic equipment. Her engines have been rebuilt, her frames and floors renewed, and she has been rewired throughout. So Bounty is once more set for cruising in home waters.
Mon, 20/02/2012 - 18:25
I've just seen this boat at the Berthon marina in Lymington and I have to say the present owners have made a fantastic job of maintaining her. You do not get proper boats like this anymore! If I had seen the owners at the time I may have been cheeky and asked for a personal tour :).
Great credit to Camper & Nicholson for the solid original build also.