This particular model is based on HMS Pandora, which was sent to pursue the mutineers of HMS Bounty. Pandora was dispatched on the 7th of November 1790, about seven months after the mutiny.
Fourteen men were captured on Tahiti and remained aboard confined in a cage on the ship’s deck while the ship combed the islands of the Pacific looking for other mutineers.
Disaster struck on the 29th of August 1791 when the ship ran aground on the outer Great Barrier Reef, sinking the next morning. Thirty-five men died, with four of them being mutineers. While it seems the mutineers were released from their cage, one morbid account suggests that those who drowned did so because their hands were still manacled.