Bligh, William, Captain
Born: Sep 09, 1754 AD
Died: 1817 AD, at 63 years of age.
Categories: Naval Officer
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.
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