Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, History
In 1787, British ship Bounty leaves Portsmouth to bring a cargo of bread-fruit from Tahiti but the savage on-board conditions imposed by Captain Bligh trigger a mutiny led by officer Fletcher Christian.
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I was just thinking, sir, that our little errand for groceries might wind up in a page of naval history if we succeed in negotiating The Horn in the dead of winter.
Captain Bligh: Why shouldn't we succeed? Admiral Anderson did.
Fletcher Christian: Yes, but of course he didn't choose ...
William Brown (in the prologue/epilogue) is shown to be the only mutineer still alive when Pitcairn is re-discovered by a British frigate in 1814. In reality, Brown was one of the mutineers killed in 1793 during warfare between the Tahitian men and the British mutineers. John Adams (who sailed under the name Alexander Smith) was the only mutineer still alive when an American whaling vessel happened upon Pitcairn in 1808, followed by a British vessel in 1814. All of the other mutineers (including Brown and Fletcher Christian) had died by violence in the preceding years, with the exception of Ned Young, who had died of asthma in 1800. Young, having realized he was dying, took it upon himself to teach the illiterate Adams/Smith how to read and write and likewise taught him what he would need to lead the community on Pitcairn.
English, Polynesian, French
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