Mutiny on The Bounty

Mutiny on The Bounty

On April 28, 1789. Fletcher Christian and 18 seamen started probably the most famous mutiny in naval history, mutiny on the boat called Bounty. Captain Bligh described what happened in the predawn hours of April 28:

Just before sun-rising, Mr. Christian, with the master at arms, gunner’s mate, and Thomas Burket, seaman, came into my cabin while I was asleep, and seizing me, tied my hands with a cord behind my back, and threatened me with instant death, if I spoke or made the least noise.

They took Bligh out of bed and forced him on deck. Then they ordered two crew members to lower the Bounty’s rescue boat. Eighteen crew members (of 42) entered into the boat of 23 feet (7 m) and was about to be set adrift. Assorted provisions were gathered, including twine, canvas, lines, sails, a twenty-gallon cask of water, 150 pounds of bread, a tool chest, a compass and a small quantity of rum.

Bligh reported: After having undergone a great deal of ridicule, and been kept some time to make sport for these unfeeling wretches, we were at length cast adrift in the open ocean.

To three loyalists detained on board the Bounty against their will, Bligh called out: Never fear, my lads; I’ll do you justice if I ever reach England!

There were many films made about this famous story, but we like the one with Marlon Brando as Christian the best: