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Bligh, William

(blī), 1754–1817, British admiral. He is chiefly remembered for the mutiny (1789) on his ship, the BountyBounty,
British naval vessel, a 220-ton (200-metric-ton), 85-ft (26-m) cutter, commanded by William Bligh. She set sail for the Pacific in Dec., 1787, to transport breadfruit trees from the Society Islands to the West Indies. On Apr.
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, but he had a long and notable career. He was sailing master on Capt. James Cook's last voyage (1776–79). Later he was a commander in the French wars, then (1805–8) governor of New South Wales, where he was briefly imprisoned (1808) by army mutineers in the so-called Rum Rebellion. Bligh was made a rear admiral in 1811 and a vice admiral in 1814. A brave and able officer, he was handicapped in dealing with men by his difficult temper.


See J. Barrow, The Mutiny of the Bounty (1989); S. McKinney, A True Account of Mutiny Aboard His Majesty's Ship Bounty (1989).

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Bligh, William

(1754–1817) naval officer accused of practising unfair and illegal cruelties. [Br. Hist.: EB, II: 82; Am. Lit.: Mutiny on the Bounty]
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They include Captain James Cook's Endeavour Journal, http://nla.gov.au/nla.ms-ms1 William Bligh's Notebook and list of mutineers, http://nla.gov.au/nla.ms-ms5393 Matthew Flinders' Chart of Terra Australis, http://nla.gov.au/nla.map-t576 Captain John Hunter's Sketchbook, http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-an3148509 and The Ducie collection of First Fleet art http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-vn3563487 by George Raper--to name a few notable examples.
On 26 January 1808, exactly twenty years after the founding of the colony of New South Wales, an insurrection by the New South Wales Corps (NSWC) led to the arrest of the governor, Captain William Bligh RN, and replacement of the colonial government by the military power.
All of this happened hundreds of miles away from London, and yet William Bligh was operating on orders from home, largely Banks's, whose strings really did extend that far.
For which historical event is Captain William Bligh best known?
The eight mutineers cast their captain, William Bligh, and loyal crew members adrift in a small boat and, with six Polynesian men, 12 Polynesian women and a small girl, settled on the island where they remained undiscovered for 18 years.
Nobody doubts that William Bligh was an extraordinarily capable seaman.
Imagine a South Pacific paradise, steeped in the 18th century history of Captain James Cook and William Bligh of Mutiny on the Bounty fame.
The Real Story of the HMS Bounty (Cooper Square Press, 12.95 [pounds sterling]) by Sir John Barrow (1764-1848) gives an account of the way in which the famous mutiny left the HMS Bounty stranded in the Pacific Ocean and shows how Lieutenant William Bligh navigated his men to safety on Pitcairn Island, using only a sextant and pocket watch.
Turner) and William Bligh's Narrative of the Mutiny on Board H.
The vivid narrative is based on the actual mutiny against Captain William Bligh of HMS Bounty in 1789.
Mutiny on the Bounty is the tale of the British Royal Navy sailing ship and the conflict between Captain William Bligh and his executive officer, Fletcher Christian, during their lengthy voyage from Britain to the South Seas in pursuit of breadfruit plants.
Captain William Bligh. The authors kept the historical characters and background, using as narrator an elderly man, Captain Roger Byam, who had served as a midshipman on the Bounty.