Stepping into sailors’ shoes
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.