What mutiny do we commemorate today?

April 28, 2012

The ship was named the Bounty:  I was appointed to command her on the 16th of August, 1787. – William Bligh

Tyrannical leader – or captain of a crew of whiners and misfits – the answer is probably somewhere in the middle.  However the real story is not the mutiny that took place on April 28, 1789, but the voyage that came after.

The Bounty mutineers, after setting Bligh and 18 loyal crew members adrift, returned to Tahiti while some made their way to Pitcairn.  This is the story retold in the movies.

Bligh, however, succeeded in sailing his small open boat, across 3600 miles, taking 47 days, to the island of Timor.

The mutineers who remained on Tahiti were arrested and returned to England.  The mutineers on Pitcairn eluded capture.  Bligh went on to continued success in his career.  He was eventually promoted to Vice Admiral.  Don’t believe everything Hollywood tells you.

One comment

  1. Some outlaws do get away with it, it seems. Or are they out laws?

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