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Coconut bowl


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Collection Relics
ExhibitionsShips, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude
User collections Collectables (All) by blueheatwave
Collectables (Asia) by blueheatwave
Gallery locationNot on display
Publication(s)Treasures of the National Maritime Museum
Gloria Clifton and Nigel Rigby
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Object details:

Object ID ZBA2701
Description Coconut bowl belonging to Lieutenant William Bligh (1754-1817) of the 'Bounty'. A smoothed and hollowed coconut shell, signed and dated 'W Bligh/April 1789' (initials and date are incised). Inscription in ink: 'The cup I eat my miserable allowance out.' A 19th-century museum label is attached with the inscription, numbered '1086': 'Relic of the mutiny on the 'Bounty', bowl made and used by Captain Bligh to eat his ration while adrift.' The bowl was used by Bligh to during the boat voyage from Tofua to Timor in the 'Bounty's' launch - about 3600 nautical miles, which is over 4000 statute (land) miles.
Date made 1789

Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Purchased with assistance from the Garfield Weston Foundation, Friends of the National Maritime Museum, and the Valentine Charitable Trust, 2002.
Materials Coconut
Measurements Overall: 102 x 127 mm
  • Coconut bowl (ZBA2701)
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