Trou­ble in par­adise

This month is the an­niver­sary of one of the na­tion’s best-known naval in­ci­dents

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some of the crew felt amounted to abuse and vic­tim­i­sa­tion.

The ship was in the south Pa­cific on the evening of April 28, 1789, when Act­ing Lieu­tenant Fletcher Chris­tian and other dis­af­fected crew­men seized con­trol of the ship. Bligh was set adrift with 18 other mem­bers of his crew, while 25 men re­mained on board the Bounty as there was no more room on the launch.

Chris­tian and the other mu­ti­neers set sail back to Tahiti and then on to the Pit­cairn Is­lands. Bligh, mean­while, had to en­dure an epic 3,500 nau­ti­cal mile jour­ney be­fore reach­ing safety in Coupang, Ti­mor.

He reached Eng­land in April 1890 and gave his ac­count of the in­ci­dent to the Ad­mi­ralty. He was ex­on­er­ated of blame for the mutiny and HMS Pandora was dis­patched to bring the mu­ti­neers to jus­tice. The ship’s crew seized 14 of them in Tahiti – they were im­me­di­ately im­pris­oned in the brig. Af­ter Pandora ran aground on the Great Bar­rier Reef only 10 pris­on­ers reached Eng­land for court mar­tial; four were ac­quit­ted, three par­doned and three hanged.

Fletcher Chris­tian and his fol­low­ers re­mained undis­cov­ered on Pit­cairn Is­land un­til 1808. Dis­ease and mur­der ac­counted for most of the mis­cre­ants, but John Adams turned to God and, us­ing the ship’s Bible, ed­u­cated the is­lan­ders and taught the woman and chil­dren to read. The main set­tle­ment on Pit­cairn is­land is Adamstown and many of the re­main­ing is­lan­ders can trace their lin­eage back to the orig­i­nal mu­ti­neers. At Juels’ Lim­ited we have an an­tique scale model of the Bounty pre­vi­ously dis­played as part of the mar­itime col­lec­tion. James would be in­ter­ested to value or pur­chase any naval mem­o­ra­bilia at the Royal Ar­cade.

Above: The mu­ti­neers seize the Bounty

Be­low: The model of the ship in Juels’

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