Christian, the master's mate, along with 25 petty officers, take control of the
ship three weeks into a journey from Tahiti to the West Indies. The ship then
set sail for Tubuai, south of Tahiti.
Captain, William Bligh, and 18 of his loyal officers, were put in an open boat.
Thanks to excellent seamanship, they managed to make it 3,600 miles to Timor in
the East Indies on June 14, 1789. Bligh would proceed to England where he would
take command of another ship, also charged with transporting breadfruit.
Bounty had set sail from England in December 1787 bound for Tahiti in the South
Pacific. It was then to collect breadfruit and then transport it to the West Indies
where it would be used as food for slaves.
its arrival in Tahiti the crew enjoyed 5 months of near idilic conditions and
Christian fell in love with a Tahitian, Mauatua. Then, on the 4th April, the Bounty
set sail. The mutiny occurred on this day, 28th April, 1789.
the mutiny, Christian and his followers attempted to colonize the island of Tubuai,
but this failed. They set sail for Tahiti, where 16 crew men decided to stay,
despite the danger they would be caught by the British here (they would be captured,
and returned to England, three were hanged).
and 8 of the original mutineers, 6 Tahitian men and 8 others and a baby then set
sail for a suitable home. They found and then settled on the Pitcairn Island,
1000 miles east of Tahiti. They were never caught.
was heard of them until an American vessel was attracted to the island by smoke,
in 1808. The US ship found a community of women and children and John Adams, the
last remaining mutineer. He was granted an amnesty by the British in 1825. He