Step­ping into sailors’ shoes

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

Mutiny, SBS, Mon­day at 8.30pm

MORE than 200 years ago, Bri­tish navy ship HMS Bounty sailed from Tahiti to the West Indies. Dur­ing its 17-month voy­age, a poi­sonous rift de­vel­oped be­tween its crew and its tough young cap­tain, Wil­liam Bligh. In the mid­dle of the South Pa­cific, re­bel­lion broke out.

It would go down in his­tory as the Mutiny on the Bounty. Cap­tain Bligh and a hand­ful of loyal men were forced into a tiny open boat and left to die. In­stead they man­aged to nav­i­gate 4000 miles to safety, through some of the world’s most re­mote and un­for­giv­ing sea.

Now for the first time, nine men are set­ting out to make the same gru­elling jour­ney in a replica 7m-long wooden boat, with the same ra­tions, fac­ing the same con­di­tions – to mea­sure them­selves against his­tory.

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