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A pistol bullet mounted in a metal urn-shaped plate topped with a hanging ring. The plate is engraved on the front: 'This bullet 1/25th of a lb was the allowance of bread which supported 18 men for 48 days served to each person 3 times a day.' On reverse: 'Under the command of Captain William Bligh from 28 April 1789 to 14 June following.'
Lieutenant William Bligh used the bullet, then unmounted, as a weight to measure out rations during the voyage of the Bounty's launch to Timor, following the mutiny of 1789. He and his eighteen companions were provided with 150 lbs of ship's biscuit and 32 lbs of salt pork. One man was killed at Tofua where the party obtained additional water and provisions. See ZBA2701 and ZBA2703.
- Image reference: F1344
- National Maritime Museum