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The Bounty Discovered
Photograph by Luis Marden

Thomas Christian, great-great-great-grandson of Fletcher Christian, the man who led the legendary mutiny aboard the Bounty in 1789, holds the famous wreck’s rudder pintle, or pivot pin, in the waters off Pitcairn Island. It took an equally legendary explorer to find the wreck. “Did not know if any traces of the burned Bounty still remained on the seabed, or, if they did, whether I could find them,” Luis Marden wrote, “but I wanted very much to try.” In January 1957 he succeeded, documenting his discovery with a feature story in National Geographic (December 1957), which included this photograph.






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