Monday, April 28, 2008

The mutiny on the Bounty

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1789 History's most famous mutiny: Fletcher Christian and others mutinied against Captain William Bligh on HMS Bounty, and set off at sea, landing at Pitcairn Island. The tale was recounted by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall in a trilogy, the first book being Mutiny on the Bounty (1932).

Captain Bligh, a consummate seaman, was set adrift in a lifeboat with 18 or 19 loyal seamen, and remarkably navigated a course to Timor after drifting 5,600 km (3,480 mi) with very little in the way of navigational aids. He and his crew arrived in Timor on June 14, 1789. He later became the Governor of the British colony of New South Wales (Australia), where there was another mutiny against his rule, the Rum Rebellion of 1808 ...

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