A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Peter Fogg
Date: 2010 May 30, 21:16 +1000
There is plenty of evidence of the 'other side of the story'.
According to your source:
"When Bligh returned to England he published an account of the mutiny and the voyage in the launch, which made him a hero in the public's eye. This was followed two years later with a book recounting the complete voyage with a retelling of the mutiny and the voyage in the launch. He was still riding high, when, two years after the court-martial, Edward Christian, Fletcher Christian's brother and a Professor of Law, convinced Stephen Barney, William Muspratt's counsel at the court-martial, to publish his minutes, to which he, Edward, added an Appendix. This began the turn of public opinion against Bligh. "
As Captain he had to "take the rap" after it had happened for what was a very unusual and spectacular event.
His "retirement" was not necessarily retirement as we know it where someone is 'relived of their duty'.
It was normal for captains to be 'retired'- in the sense there was no more work available after a voyage; and often there was considerable trouble finding a new post as there were many captains available and too few ship to captain. It was very much a case of knowing people and "influence" to get another post for a position on a ship and a further voyage.
5. Major-General Lachlan Macquarie 1 Jan, 1810 to 1 Dec, 1821