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Bligh, William Explained

Bligh, William at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

English admiral. He went to sea at age 7 and joined the Royal Navy in 1770. He was sailing master on Capt. J. Cook's final voyage (1776-80). In 1787 he was named to command HMS Bounty. While en route from Tahiti to Jamaica, the ship was seized by Fletcher Christian, the master's mate, and Bligh and loyal crew members were set adrift; some two months later, they reached Timor. The mutiny made little difference to Bligh's career, though he had two more encounters with mutineers, incl. one while he was governor of New S. Wales, Australia (1805-8). Described as overbearing, he was unpopular as a commander but was also courageous and a greatly skilled navigator.