Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

HMS Bounty (Charleston Maritime Center).

4 posts in this topic

i returned from charleston sat. was at the Powder Magazine friday afternoon, had a excellent visit sorry i missed you.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Colonial-Maritime Weekend

May 11 – 13, 2012

We invite your family to Charleston, SC to visit The Powder Magazine museum (79 Cumberland St) and step aboard the historic tall ship HMS Bounty (Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside St). Learn about Charleston’s rich colonial-maritime history. Visitation and programming will be offered both aboard the HMS Bounty and at The Powder Magazine museum. Programs & Histories are listed below...


- Touring The Powder Magazine and the HMS Bounty

Daily, 10AM - 5PM

- Book Signing/Lecture: Stede Bonnet, Charleston’s Gentleman Pirate (History Press)

Saturday, May 12, 11AM (Hosted at The Powder Magazine)

- Live Theatrical Performance: The Gentleman Pirate (Pure Theatre)

Saturday, May 12, 1PM (Hosted at The Powder Magazine)

- Living History: The Charles Towne Few Pirate Crew!

Daily, 10AM - 5PM (Hosted at the HMS Bounty)


$10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students (17 and under)

Tickets include all programs!

Some programs have limited space.

To purchase tickets in advance call (843)722-9350 or visit The Powder Magazine gift shop.

Proceeds will benefit The Powder Magazine's 300th Anniversary Exhibition (2013) and the Preservation of the HMS Bounty.


The HMS Bounty will be visiting Charleston, South Carolina as part of our East Coast Tour. The ship will be located at the Maritime Center in downtown Charleston. The HMS Bounty is one of the most famous ships in the world. Known for the storied mutiny that took place in Tahiti in 1789 on board the British transport vessel, the current Bounty, a replica, has survived to tell the tale. Built for the 1962 movie “Mutiny on the Bounty” with Marlon Brando, HMS Bounty sails the country offering dockside tours in which one can learn about the history and details of such sailing vessels from a lost and romanticized time in maritime history. Since her debut in “Mutiny on the Bounty”, HMS Bounty has appeared in many feature films and documentaries such as the Edinburgh Trader in Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Mans Chest with Johnny Depp.

Built in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, the Bounty displaces 412 tons, includes 400,000 board feet of lumber (American Oak from New Jersey for the frames, Nova Scotia Black Spruce for the hull, and British Columbia Fir for the masts, yards and decks), 112 tons of screw bolts, 14 tons of bar iron, 2 ½ tons of spikes, 1200 pounds of putty, 10 miles of line for rigging, 192 blocks for mechanical advantage, and over 10,000 square feet of hand-sewn canvas for the sails. Bounty is 120 feet on deck, 180 feet overall, 115 feet off the water. She has a 30-foot beam, a 12-foot draft, and 12 feet of freeboard.


Construction began on The Powder Magazine in 1712 and was completed by 1713, making it the oldest public building in South Carolina. The structure was originally created to house Carolinas’ gunpowder in the early colonial period. Holding about five tons of gunpowder, this building was extremely dangerous. However, the gunpowder was needed to supply cannons around the old walled city of Charles Town in an effort to defend the town from the Spanish, French, pirates, slave insurrection and native attacks.

The walls of The Powder Magazine are three feet thick solid brick. The structure was given an arched ceiling with several tons of sand above. In the event of an explosion, the thick walls would force the blast upward. After shattering the ceiling, sand would then dampen the explosion or perhaps even pour down on the fire – acting as a kind of 18th century extinguishing system. A brilliant design; however, because the gunpowder never exploded, this concept of “containing an explosion” was never tested onsite.

This facility was used as an arsenal from 1713 – 1748 and then temporarily reinstated by the Continental Army during the American Revolution. After 1780, The Powder Magazine was retired; however, private owners discovered a variety of other functions for this historic structure. Throughout the 19th century, The Powder Magazine was converted to a stable, print shop, blacksmith shop, wine cellar, and horse carriage house. In 1902, The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of South Carolina purchased the building, saving it from being destroyed. It was then restored and opened as a museum.

Today, The Powder Magazine stands as a witness to nearly all of South Carolina’s modern history. It is one of the oldest attractions in our State and is considered Charleston’s first preservation project. By showcasing exhibits relevant to the colonial-era, the museum invites visitors to take a step back three hundred years into Carolinas’ past. The facility also hosts a variety of onsite and outreach education programs ranging from early colonial to Revolutionary South Carolina history. The Powder Magazine is available to visitors daily and will be celebrating its 300th birthday in 2013!

The Powder Magazine, Circa 1713

Member of the Charleston Museum Mile

79 Cumberland Street

Charleston, SC 29401


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0