On this day 14th June,1789 English Captain William Bligh and 18 others, cast adrift from the H.M.S Bounty reached Timor after travelling nearly 4,000 miles in a small, open boat, The Bounty had been sailing from Tahiti when crew members mutinied
Ernest Shackleton: he made one of the greatest open-ocean small boat journeys ever recorded, saving every man of his stranded Antarctic expedition. This is second only to Capt. William Bligh's navigation of the Pacific in an open ships boat . . .
William Blight, 1792: "... I have lost the Bounty ... on the 28 April at day light in the morning Christian having the morning watch. He with others came into my Cabin while I was asleep, and seizing me, holding Bayonets at my Breast, tied my Hands behind my back, & threatened instant destruction if I uttered a word ... I was dragged on Deck in my Shirt & closely guarded. I demanded of Christian the case of such a violent act ... but he could only answer – "not a word sir or you are Dead."
'Mr Peckover, what number of men did you see under arms?' 'Christian Fletcher upon deck with a bayonet': Rare copy of mins. of court martial of HMS Bounty mutineers revealed after 221 years.sailors commandeered Bounty in 1789, against capt.William Bligh.Testimony includes that of ship's gunner, William Peckover & Bligh's written testimony.Document names 10 defendants & charges faced. 3 of the mutineers were hanged, 4 were acquitted&4were pardoned. Document expected to fetch £30,000 at…