Captain William Bligh. Marooned with 17 men in an open boat in the middle of the Pacific after the mutiny on HMS Bounty, Bligh demonstrated outstanding leadership, seamanship, and navigation by sailing 4000 miles to safety. Bligh's voyage is one of the great survival efforts in history. He later commanded ships-of-the-line during the Napoleonic Wars, showing both courage and merit.
28 April the Bounty mutineers, led by the vessel’s master’s mate Fletcher Christian, set their captain, Lt William Bligh, and 18 loyal members of the crew adrift in a launch in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean.
The Trials and Triumphs of Captain William Bligh RN Mutiny on the Bounty 1972
WILLIAM BLIGH: born at Tinten Manor in St Tudy between Camelford and Wadebridge on 9 September 1754. He sailed with Captain Cook on the latter’s second (and final) voyage around the world. In 1787 he captained the 'Bounty' on a trip to obtain plant specimens from the West Indies. The story of the mutiny is well-documented. It is said that this was due to the harsh treatment of his men by Bligh, but there is some dispute about this. ✫ღ⊰n
William Bligh Canvas Print / Canvas Art by Leigh Banks