1754 – William Bligh was born on the 9th of September in Plymouth, Devon.
1770 – He joined H.M.S. Hunter as an able seaman.
1771 – Became a midshipman and was transferred to the Crescent.
1776 – He was selected by Captain James Cook for the position of Sailing Master.
1780 – Reached England again and was able to give further details of Cook’s last voyage.
1781 – Married Elizabeth Betham, the daughter of a Customs Collector on 4th of February.
– He was appointed to serve on HMS Belle Poule as its master.
– In August, he fought in the Battle of Dogger Bank under Admiral Parker.
1787-1789 – Captain of H. M. S. Bounty on voyage to Tahiti to obtain breadfruit for introduction into West Indies, but overthrown in mutiny led by Fletcher Christian.
– Cast adrift in open boat with eighteen crewmen, ultimately landing on Timor in East Indies
1791 – Sailed to Tahiti again and successfully introduced breadfruit to West Indies.
1808-1810 – Served as Governor of New South Wales.
1810 – Deposed by mutinous soldiers.
1810-1812 – He was imprisoned.
1817 – William Bligh died on 7th of December.