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    Re: Captain Bligh's other mutiny
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2008 Jan 21, 08:57 +1100

    Geoffrey wrote:
    Bligh pulled off one of the
    greatest feats of seamanship in history when he took his boat to Timor,
    Java, covering 3618 nautical miles in 47 days - without a single man lost.
    But he did lose a single man, Geoffrey, at what I think was the first landfall made, not so long after separating from the Bounty.
    I don't wish to detract in any way from what I agree was: "one of the
    greatest feats of seamanship in [recorded] history ", but the effect of this murder of one of the crew, in front of the others, was the subsequent determination by Bligh to avoid all potentially inhabited lands, and especially any people they came across.  This made the passage much more difficult than it needed to be, both on their way through the Pacific which is studded with islands in the region they traversed, and then especially while they were making their way along the Great Barrier Reef, off the Australian mainland, then through the Torres Strait.
    If you do a bit of searching in our archives you might find previous discussion of all this ...
    His career was over after his escapades in NSW, since that was his last command.  He (was) retired.  I'm glad to hear they continued to pay the silly bugger.  Apparently he needed the money.  He still had all those daughters to marry off ...

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