William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Monday, 28, April, 2008

This is Mutiny, Mr. Christian!

Filed under: History — williamthecoroner @ 14:51

On 28 April, 1789 Fletcher Christian and the half of the crew of HMS Bounty decided to stay in the south seas, instead of going back to England.  Gee, who would have thought?

Bligh and 18 sailors made a 3,618 mile voyage in an open boat with only a sextant and a pocket watch for instrumentation.  They spent 47 days in an open, 23 foot launch before they came to the island of Timor.

Bligh survived, being an excellent sailor (and a card-carrying hard case).  He eventually became a Vice Admiral and  Governor-general of Australia, but had a second mutiny in 1808.  I said he was a hard case.

5 Comments »

  1. Ah yes… some VERY interesting history that is STILL being debated in England for it’s impact on the people of the South Seas!

    Comment by Old NFO — Monday, 28, April, 2008 @ 19:12 | Reply

  2. Bligh was, indeed, a badass.

    Comment by crankyprof — Monday, 28, April, 2008 @ 19:18 | Reply

  3. And don’t forget Wednesday is Walpurgis Night!

    Comment by Lin — Monday, 28, April, 2008 @ 21:14 | Reply

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  5. Fletcher Christian is the distant cousin of a man from Moffat County who died very unexpectedly.

    Comment by V.E.G. — Thursday, 15, April, 2010 @ 15:06 | Reply


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