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William Bligh
(1754-1817)

William Bligh, also known as 'Breadfruit Bligh/Bounty Bligh', was born in Plymouth on 9 Sep 1754 and died in London on 7 Dec 1817. He served in the Royal Navy.

He married Elizabeth Betham.

Ranks:

Exam Lt (1776)
Lt (1781)
Capt (1790)
RAdm B (1811)
RAdm W (1812)
RAdm R (1813)
VAdm B (1814)

Ship Ranks:

Captain on the Director
Captain on the Glatton
Master on the Resolution
Captain on the Warrior

He appears as a character in the books "Bomb Vessel, The" (Richard Woodman) and "King's Cutter, A" (Richard Woodman).

Notes:

Uncle of Francis Godolphin Bond

As Master of Resolution, he took part in James Cook's third voyage around the world.
As Lieutenant (in command) of Bounty, he was sent to Tahiti to collect and prepare breadfruit trees for transport to the West Indies. The fruit from the trees was intended as food for the plantation slaves. After the Bounty left Tahiti, she was taken over by a group of mutineers led by Fletcher Christian. (17871789; mutiny - 28 Apr 1789)
As Captain of Director, 64, he took part in the Battle of Camperdown (11 Oct 1797).
As Captain of Glatton, 54, he took part in the Battle of Copenhagen (2 Apr 1801).
Governor of New South Wales (13 Aug 180626 Jan 1808)

Manuscripts:

1790. A narrative of the mutiny, on board His Majesty's ship Bounty; and the subsequent voyage of part of the crew, in the ship's boat, from Tofoa, one of the Friendly Islands, to Timor, a Dutch settlement in the East Indies.

Further Reading:

Hawkey, Arthur. 1975. Bligh's Other Mutiny. London: Angus and Robertson.
Kennedy, Gavin. 1978. Bligh. London: G. Duckworth & Co., Ltd.
Mackaness, George. 1931. The Life of Vice-Admiral William Bligh, R.N., F.R.S.. 2 volumes. New York and Toronto: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc.
Oliver, Douglas. 1988. Return to Tahiti: Bligh's Second Breadfruit Voyage. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.

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