William Bligh Biography
Birthday: September 9, 1754 (Virgo)
Born In: Plymouth, United Kingdom
Vice-Admiral William Bligh FRS was a British mariner, explorer, and colonial administrator. He was the commander of the HMS Bounty when the famous mutiny took place on that ship. A customs officer’s son, Bligh became part of the Royal Navy when he was seven years old. In 1770, he was appointed as an able seaman on HMS Hunter. In 1776, he was selected by Captain James Cook to serve as the sailing master on Resolution during his third and final voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Throughout his career, Bligh served on a number of ships and gradually rose through the ranks to ultimately become a vice admiral in the Royal Navy. The Mutiny on the Bounty occurred in 1789, and the mutineers were led by Bligh’s one-time protégé Fletcher Christian. After they took control of the ship, they put Bligh and his loyal men on the ship’s launch and set them adrift. All the men were alive when they reached Timor. Seventeen years after the mutiny, he was made the governor of New South Wales in Australia. His actions during the tenure caused the so-called Rum Rebellion. He was arrested and later returned to England.