Cornwall England,Cornish Ship Captains,William Bligh,Mutiny on the Bounty,pirates of Penzance,Maritime sailors and captains,cornwallgb

 Cornwall England,Cornish Ship Captains,William Bligh,Mutiny on the Bounty,pirates of Penzance,Maritime sailors and captains,cornwallgb

 

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Cornwall England,Cornish Ship Captains,William Bligh,Mutiny on the Bounty,pirates of Penzance,Maritime sailors and captains,cornwallgb

 
 
 
Cornish Ship Captain
Cartographer and Governor
of New South Wales
William Bligh
 
 
 
 
 Cornwall England,Cornish Ship Captains,William Bligh,Mutiny on the Bounty,pirates of Penzance,Maritime sailors and captains,cornwallgb
Popular culture has painted Cornishman William Bligh as being a cruel English captain whose heartless brutality was the cause of his crew's infamous mutiny (It does sell a lot of popcorn).
 
Records show that William Bligh was born at St. Tudy, in Cornwall, Great Britain.
 
Bligh's uncles were mayors at nearby Bodmin
 
 
 
 
 

 

Not all Penzance pirates were swashbuckling bandits. In the Eighteenth Century, the high cost of goods and outrageous tax imposed by the English crown created an environment of survival

 Cornwall England,Cornish Ship Captains,William Bligh,Mutiny on the Bounty,pirates of Penzance,Maritime sailors and captains,cornwallgb
 
 
 
 

 Cornwall England,Cornish Ship Captains,William Bligh,Mutiny on the Bounty,pirates of Penzance,Maritime sailors and captains,cornwallgb

 

Cornish relief sailors brought sustenance to Cornish peasantry. Modern inspection of sunken ships, court documents and governmental correspondence has led historians, authors, scholars -- and at least one explorer -- to view these sailors as fair traders who voted democratically on major issues, shared wealth among themselves, offered an early version of workman's compensation...

 
 
 
 

 

...and gave African slaves the opportunity to live freely. Surprisingly, only ONE case of walking the plank has been documented

 Cornwall England,Cornish Ship Captains,William Bligh,Mutiny on the Bounty,pirates of Penzance,Maritime sailors and captains,cornwallgb
 
 
 
 

Documentation shows William Bligh as being an enlightened captain and one of the least brutal in the British Navy with a record of floggings much lower than the norm. As well, he was a leader in reducing scurvy aboard ship. William Bligh was also a master mariner and cartographer, and retired his naval career as a Vice Admiral, then to become governor of New South Wales, Australia.
 
 
 
 
Tell a Cornish Cousin Jack the truth about
Cornish Ship Captain William Bligh
and Mutiny on the Bounty

Cornish Inventor Richard Trevithick Cornwall England,Cornish Ship Captains,William Bligh,Mutiny on the Bounty,pirates of Penzance,Maritime sailors and captains,cornwallgb
 
 
 
 
 
 

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