Adams, John b. November 5, 1766 d. March 5, 1829 Mutineer. Raised in a London, England poorhouse, he joined the crew of the "HMS Bounty" in 1787 under the alias Alexander Smith, apparently because of trouble with the law. Despite his shady background he had no trouble with Commander William Bligh until the Bounty's five-month stay in Tahiti (1788 to 1789), when he was flogged for "neglect of duty". During the mutiny on April 28, 1789, he helped [Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) John Adams Burial Site, Adamstown, Pitcairn Islands Plot: Buried on a hill outside Adamstown, Pitcairn Island
Bligh, William b. September 9, 1754 d. December 7, 1817 British Naval Commander. Commanding Lieutenant of the HMS Bounty. The son of a custom's officer, he was born in St. Tudy, near Plymouth. As a child Bligh wanted to be an artist, and he remained a keen illustrator (and a fairly talented writer) throughout his life. His parents, however, had him pegged for the Royal Navy from birth. In 1762, at the age of seven, he was made to spend a year aboard the warship HMS Monmouth as a Captain's servant, a traumatic experience that had lasting...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) St Mary Churchyard, Lambeth, London Borough of Lambeth, Greater London, England
Christian, Fletcher b. September 25, 1764 d. September 20, 1793 Mutineer. Master's Mate and Acting Lieutenant on the HMS Bounty. His ancestors came from the Isle of Man and it appears that rebellion ran in the family. Christian's great-great-grandfather, the Manxman Illiam Dhone, led an uprising against the English on the island and was executed in 1663. He was also related to the poet William Wordsworth and both men were born in Cockermouth, Cumberland. His father was a gentleman farmer who died when Christian was three, plunging the family into...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Body lost or destroyed, Unmarked grave on Pitcairn Island, location unknown to historians
Fryer, John b. August 15, 1753 d. May 26, 1817 British Naval Officer. Sailing Master on the HMS Bounty, second-in-command to William Bligh. In his account of the mutiny on the Bounty on April 28, 1789, Bligh characterized Fryer as an incompetent troublemaker and this view has been accepted by many historians. In fact he was a highly competent and loyal officer, his one failing on the Bounty voyage being that he refused to act as Bligh's yes-man. They clashed frequently, especially over what Fryer saw as Bligh's preferential...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) St Nicholas Churchyard, Wells-next-the-Sea, North Norfolk District, Norfolk, England
Heywood, Peter b. June 6, 1772 d. February 10, 1831 British Naval Officer. Acting Midshipman on the HMS Bounty. He came from a distinguished family and, after John Hallett, was the youngest officer aboard. Heywood was described as highly intelligent and mature for his age; Fletcher Christian took an immediate liking to him and he was assigned to Christian's shore party during the Bounty's five-month stay in Tahiti (1788-89). This sparked jealousy in fellow Midshipmen Hallett and Thomas Hayward, who would later exact a spiteful revenge...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) St Michael Churchyard, Highgate, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England Plot: In a vault beneath the center aisle
Morrison, James b. 1760 d. February 1, 1807 British Naval Office and Diarist. Boatswain's Mate on the HMS Bounty. As a young Midshipman he had been wounded in action against the American Continental Navy. He took no part in the mutiny on April 28, 1789, but was prevented from joining Commander William Bligh in being put off the ship; this led Bligh to believe he had sided with the mutineers. Back in Tahiti Morrison supervised the construction of a sloop, the Resolution, in the hope that he could sail with his fellow loyalists to the...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Body lost at sea, Went down with the HMS Blenhein off the coast of Madagascar, Indian Ocean.
Nelson, David d. July 20, 1789 British Scientist and Seaman. Botanist on the HMS Bounty. From 1776 to 1779 he served as Botanist on Captain Cook's third South Seas expedition, during which he discovered many varieties of tropical plant life. William Bligh was there as Cook's Sailing Master. Described as "one of the quietest fellows in nature", Nelson's principal duty on the Bounty was to care for the 600 breadfruit plants Bligh was transporting from Tahiti to the West Indies. He was well-liked by everyone aboard...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Body lost or destroyed, Unmarked grave in Coupang, Timor