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"The Bounty Saga" Chronology

A Chronology of Events Relating to Bligh/Bounty/Pitcairn/Norfolk

This chronology is the work of, and used by permission of, Butch Kerr, a student and researcher of “The Bounty Saga.”

    Year

    Date

     What/Event                         

Where          

Notes

1738

6/4

George III born

London

 

1743

2/2

Joseph Banks born

London

 

1754

9/9

William Bligh born

Plymouth

to Francis & Jane Bligh

1760

9/22

George III became King of England

London

 

1764

9/25

Fletcher Christian born-Cumberland

Moorland Close

to Charles & Ann Christian

1767

6/17

Tahiti discovered - Samuel Wallis

Tahiti

in ship Dolphin

1767

7/2

Pitcairn Island discovered-Carteret

South Pacific

son of Maj. Pitcairn on Swallow

1768

8/25

Capt Cook departs in Endeavor

England

first Cook voyage of discovery

1769

4/13

Capt Cook arrives for first time

Tahiti

Matavia Bay

1770

7/27

Bligh enters active Naval Service

London

HMS Hunter-10 gun sloop-as AB

1771

7/13

Capt Cook returns in Endeavor

London

first Cook discovery voyage

1771

2/4

Bligh promoted to Midshipman

 

in HMS Hunter

1771

9/22

Bligh departed HMS Hunter

 

1771

9/22

Bligh to HMS Crescent

London

36 guns - Midshipman

1772

7/13

Capt Cook departs in Resolution

London

second Cook discovery voyage

1774

9/2

Bligh depart HMS Crescent

London

 

1774

9/2

Bligh on HMS Ranger

London

as AB

1774

10/3

Norfolk Island discovered

Norfolk Is

by Capt Cook in Resolution

1775

7/29

Capt Cook returns in Resolution

London

second Cook discovery voyage

1775

9/30

Bligh appointed Midshipman

London

on HMS Ranger

1776

3/20

Bligh to Master HMS Resolution

London

Captain James Cook

1776

5/1

Bligh passed the Lieutenants exam

 

1776

7/14

Cook sails on 3rd voyage-Resolution

Plymouth

Bligh is sailing master

1779

2/14

Captain James Cook killed

Hawaii

 

1780

10/4

Resolution/Bligh return to England

Nore

Bligh as navigator

1781

2/4

Bligh marries Elizabeth Betham

Conchan Parish

Betsy from Douglas

1781

2/14

Bligh appointed Master / Belle Poule

London

fought at Dogger Bank

1781

9/5

Bligh transferred from Belle Poule

London

 

1781

9/6

Bligh transferred to HMS Berwick

London

Capt John Fergusson-74 guns

1781

10/5

Bligh promoted to Lieutenant

 

1781

12/31

Bligh departed HMS Berwick

London

 

1782

1/1

Bligh arrives HMS Princess Amelia

 

Fifth Lieutenant- 80 guns

1782

3/19

Bligh departs HMS Princess Amelia

 

after battle of Dogger Bank

1782

3/20

Bligh served on HMS Cambridge

 

Jr. Lieutenant-also w/F Christian

1783

1/13

Bligh departed HMS Cambridge

London

went to 1/2 pay

1783

4/25

Fletcher Christian to HMS Eurydice

Spithead

as Midn- Capt George Courtney

1783

6/4

Bligh took command of Lynx

Jamaica trade

merchant- for Duncan Campbell

1784

Bethia built in Hull, England

Hull

a merchant collier

Bligh took command of Cambrian

Jamaica trade

merchant- for Duncan Campbell

1785

Bligh took command of Britannia

Jamaica trade

merchant-Duncan Campbell

1785

Britannia departs England

to Jamaica

Bligh is Capt.w/ F. Christian

1785

Britannia arrives England

from Jamaica

F. Christian is gunner

1787

Britannia departs England

to Jamaica

Capt Bligh/F Christian 2nd mate

1787

5/13

First Fleet sails

Portsmouth

Capt Arthur Phillip-to Australia

1787

5/23

Bethia purchased by Admiralty

Deptford

Renamed Bounty

1787

8/2

Britannia arrives in England

Portsmouth

Bligh Capt- w/ F. Christian

1787

8/6

Bligh informed of Bounty command

London

by Campbell-letter to Banks

1787

8/16

Bligh appointed to command Bounty

London

 

1787

9/3

Bounty out of shipyard dock

Deptford

Bounty then refitted

1787

10/9

Bounty sailed down the Thames

Longbeach

Loaded guns and ammo

1787

12/23

Bounty departs from England

Spithead

Breadfruit mission, with 46 men

1788

1/6

Bounty arrives at Canary Is.

Teneriffe

resupply

1788

1/12

Bounty departs Canary Is.

Teneriffe

 

1788

1/26

Sydney, Australia, founded

Sydney

First Fleet- Capt Phillip

1788

Feb

Norfolk Island Penal Colony founded

Norfolk Is

First Fleet - 

1788

3/2

Fletcher Christian promoted to LT

at sea

3 watches vice 2 on Bounty

1788

3/11

Matthew Quintal - 24 lashes

at sea

insolence/contempt to Fryer

1788

3/28

Start of attempt to round Cape Horn

Cape Horn

brutal weather for Bounty

1788

4/22

Bounty turns for Africa

Cape Horn

Bligh thanks crew

1788

5/24

Bounty arrives at Cape Town

Cape Town

resupply

1788

5/24

John Williams - 6 lashes-

Cape Town

neglect in heaving the lead

1788

7/1

Bounty departs Cape Town

Cape Town

resupplied

1788

8/21

Bounty arrives Adventure Bay

Tasmania

 

1788

9/4

Bounty departs Adventure Bay

Tasmania

resupplied

1788

10/9

James Valentine dies-Bounty AB

at sea

asthma, and was bled

1788

10/19

W.Brown./ J.Mills grog stopped

at sea

refusing to dance/exercise

1788

10/26

Bounty arrives in Tahiti

Matavia Bay

to collect breadfruit

1788

11/2

Breadfruit tent/shore party setup

Tahiti

9 Bounty crew -to collect plants

1788

11/3

John Adams - 12 lashes

Tahiti

allowed grudgeon to be stolen

1788

12/5

Matthew Thompson- 12 lashes

Tahiti

for insolence-disobey orders

1788

12/9

Bounty Surgeon John Huggan died

Tahiti

alcohol poisoning

Thomas Ledward appointed surgeon

Tahiti

 

1788

12/25

Bounty moved-Matavia to Toahroah

Tahiti

grounded and refloated

1788

12/27

William Muspratt - 12 lashes

Tahiti

neglect of duty

1788

12/29

Robert Lamb - 12 lashes

Tahiti

neglect of duty-cleaver stolen

1789

1/5

3 Bounty men deserted in the cutter

Tahiti

Churchill,Muspratt, Millward

1789

1/6

Midn Haywood confined in irons

Tahiti

was watch officer - 3 deserted

1789

1/17

Bounty sails found mildewed/rotted

Tahiti

new sails in storage

1789

1/23

3 Bounty deserters apprehended

Tahiti

With help from Tahitians

1789

1/24

3 Bounty deserters punished

Tahiti

Church 12,Musp 24,Millward 24

1789

1/30

Isaac Martin - 19 lashes

Tahiti

for striking a Tahitian

1789

2/4

2nd flogging for 3 Bounty deserters

Tahiti

Church 12,Musp 24,Millward 24

1789

2/6

Bounty anchor line cut

Tahiti

cause/person never determined

1789

3/2

Tahitian man flogged on Bounty

Tahiti

for stealing Peckovers bedding

1789

3/31

Breadfruit collection completed

Tahiti

loaded onboard Bounty

1789

4/4

Bounty departs Tahiti

Tahiti

1015 breadfruit plants

1789

4/22

Bounty anchors at Nomuka

Friendly Is

for water- Natives a problem

1789

4/26

Bounty departs Nomuka

Friendly Is

Bligh angry

1789

4/28

Mutiny on the Bounty

South Pacific Ocean

 

1789

4/29

Bligh/launch to shore

Tofua

23' launch-19 men

1789

5/2

John Norton died - Quartermaster

Tofua

Killed by Tofuans

1789

5/2

Bligh/launch depart Tofua

Tofua

Start of boat voyage

1789

5/28

Bligh/launch arrive Restoration Is.

New Holland

 

1789

5/30

Bligh/launch depart Restoration Is.

New Holland

 

1789

5/31

Bligh/launch on Sunday Island

New Holland

confrontation w/Purcell

1789

5/28

Bounty arrives Tubuai w/mutineers

Tubuai

at anchor to explore island

1789

6/6

Bounty depart Tubuai w/mutineers

Tubuai

to Tahiti

1789

6/14

Bounty launch/Bligh arrive Timor

Coupang

3618 miles

1789

6/16

Bounty depart Tahiti w/mutineers

Matavia Bay

 

1789

6/23

Bounty arrive Tubuai w/mutineers

Tubuai

to set up colony

1789

7/20

David Nelson died

Coupang

Botanist on Bounty

1789

8/20

Bligh departs Timor in Resource

Coupang

purchased the schooner

1789

9/12

Bounty departs Tubuai

Tubuai

to Tahiti / failed colony

1789

9/23

Bounty departs Tahiti w/9 mutineers

Matavia Bay

last time in Tahiti-16 stayed

1789

10/1

Bligh/Bounty crew arrive in Batavia

Batavia

in schooner Resource

1789

10/10

Resource and launch sold

Batavia

 

1789

10/10

Thomas Hall died

Batavia

AB/ Cook

1789

10/16

Bligh departs Batavia in Vlydte

Batavia

with John Samuel & John Smith

1789

William Elphinstone died

Batavia

masters mate

1789

Peter Linkletter died

Batavia

Quartermaster

1789

Robert Lamb AB/butcher died

at sea

enroute from Batavia to England

1789

Thomas Ledward died-act surgeon

at sea-ship Welfare?

 

'not heard from'

1789

12/16

Bligh arrives at Cape of Good Hope

Table Bay

in Dutch ship Vlydte

1790

1/2

Bligh departs Cape of Good Hope

Table Bay

in Vlydte w/ Samuel & Smith

1790

1/15

Bounty arrives in Pitcairn

Pitcairn Island

new settlement established

1790

1/23

Bounty is burned

Pitcairn Island

now 'Bounty Day' on Pitcairn

1790

3/14

Bligh arrives in England from Batavia

Portsmouth

Isle of Wight boat from Vlydte

1790

3/16

Bligh formally reports Bounty mutiny

London

to the Admiralty

1790

4/?

Charles Churchill died

Tahiti

murdered by Matthew Thompson

1790

4/?

Matthew Thompson died- AB

Tahiti

murdered by a Tahitian 

1790

7/1

Bligh book 'Narrative' is published

London

First of Bounty books-G. Nichol

1790

10/22

Bligh court martialed for Bounty loss

Spithead

exonerated- HMS Royal William

1790

11/7

HMS Pandora departs England

Spithead

Captain Edward Edwards

1790

11/14

Bligh to HMS Falcon- Captain

London

14 gun sloop

1790

12/15

Bligh to HMS Medea- Captain

London

 

1790

date ?

Fahoutu fell collecting eggs & died

Pitcairn

Williams's wife-first Pitcairn death

1790

10/?

Thursday October Christian born

Pitcairn

first born on Pitcairn

1790

12/15

Bligh promoted to Post Captain

London

 

1791

3/23

HMS Pandora arrives in Tahiti

Tahiti

14 Bounty crew taken prisioners

1791

4/16

Bligh to Captain HMS Providence

London

 

1791

5/8

HMS Pandora departs from Tahiti

Tahiti

14 Bounty crew in a cage

1791

8/3

HMS Providence/Assistant Bligh sail

Portsmouth

on 2nd breadfruit voyage

1791

8/28

HMS Pandora wreck

Great Barrier Reef

another boat voyage to Timor

1791

8/28

Henry Hillbrant died -cooper

Great Barrier Reef

Pandora wreck

1791

8/28

Richard Skinner died -AB

Great Barrier Reef

Pandora wreck

1791

8/28

John Sumner died -AB

Great Barrier Reef

Pandora wreck

1791

8/28

George Stewart died-ABmidshipman

Great Barrier Reef

Pandora wreck

1791

9/17

HMS Pandora boats arrive in Timor

Coupang

10 Bounty crewmen

1791

date ?

Puarei/Obuarei died-date unknown

Pitcairn

Adams first consort-from Tahiti

1792

4/10

Providence/Assistant Bligh arrive

Tahiti

2nd breadfruit collection

1792

6/18

Bounty/Pandora crew arrive England

Spithead

10 Bounty crew /HMS Gorgon

1792

7/1

Bligh's book 'Voyage' published

London

by G. Nichol- 2nd Bounty book

1792

7/20

Providence/AssistantBligh depart

Tahiti

with breadfruit for Jamaica

1792

8/12

Court martial of mutineers begins

HMS Duke

Portsmouth-10 Bounty crewmen

1792

8/18

Court martial of mutineers ends

Portsmouth

HMS Duke

1792

10/29

Burkitt, Ellison, Millward hanged

Spithead

HMS Brunswick

1793

1/27

Providence/Assistant Bligh arrive

Jamaica

deliver breadfruit

1793

6/17

Providence/Assistant Bligh depart

Jamaica

after service against France

1793

date ?

Nancy given to Williams

Pitcairn

start of the rebellion

1793

8/1

Talaloo/Tararo died- Raiatean

Pitcairn

killed by Menalee

1793

8/2

Oho/Uhuu died-Tubuain

Pitcairn

killed by Menalee

1793

9/3

Providence/Assistant Bligh arrive

England

at Deptford 8/7-Bligh to 1/2 pay

1793

9/20

Fletcher Christian died

Pitcairn

killed by Tahitian men

1793

9/20

William Brown died

Pitcairn

killed/ b. England 1762

1793

9/20

John Mills died

Pitcairn

killed/ b. Scotland 1750

1793

9/20

Isaac Martin died

Pitcairn

killed/ b. USA 1758

1793

9/20

John Williams died

Pitcairn

killed/ b. England 1765

1793

9/28

Timoa/Teimau died-Tahitian

Pitcairn

killed by Menalee

1793

10/1

Menalee/Minarii died-Tahitian

Pitcairn

killed by McCoy

1793

10/4

Nehow/Niau died- Tahitian

Pitcairn

killed by Young

1793

10/4

Tetaheite/Taroamiva died-Tubuain

Pitcairn

killed by Susan

1794

5/1

Minutes of Bounty court martial 

Portsmouth

published by Stephen Barney

1794

5/14

Appendix to court martial Minutes

Portsmouth

published by Edward Christian

1794

12/3

Bligh Answer to Christian Appendix

London

published by Bligh/G. Nichol

1795

Short Reply to Bligh's Answer

London

published by Edward Christian

1795

4/30

Bligh to command- HMS Calcutta

 

24 guns

1796

1/7

Bligh departs HMS Calcutta

 

1796

1/7

Bligh to command -HMS Director

 

64 guns

1797

4/16

Mutiny at Spithead

Spithead

mutiny 4/16 to 5/15

1797

5/12

Mutiny at the Nore

London

mutiny 5/12 to 6/13

1797

5/19

Bligh ordered off of HMS Director

Sheerness

Mutiny at the Nore

1797

6/16

Bligh returned to HMS Director

Sheerness

then to Camperdown Battle

1798

date ?

William McCoy died

Pitcairn

suicide - drunk/b. 1763 Scotland

1798

date ?

William Muspratt died - tailor

England

 

1798

John Hallet died - midshipman

at sea

HMS Penelope sinking

1798

4-?

Thomas Hayward died-midshipman

at sea

HMS Swift sinking

1799

date ?

Tevarua/Big Sully/Sarah died

Pitcairn

Quintal consort

1799

date ?

Matthew Quintal killed

Pitcairn

by Adams and Young/b 1766

1800

7/3

Bligh departed HMS Director

London

shore leave in London

1800

12/25

Edward Young died-midshipman

Pitcairn

of asthma/b. 1762 W.I.

1801

3/13

Bligh command of HMS Glatton

Yarmouth

Battle of Copenhagen

1801

4/13

Bligh departed HMS Glatton

Copenhagen

thanked by Nelson

1801

4/13

Bligh to command of HMS Monarch

Copenhagen

74 guns-appoint by Adm Parker

1801

5/7

Bligh departed HMS Monarch

Nore

 

1801

5/8

Bligh command of HMS Irresistible

Nore

74 guns-

1801

5/21

Bligh elected Fellow, Royal Society

London

 

1802

5/28

Bligh departed HMS Irresistible

London

stood down - 1/2 pay

1804

5/2

Bligh to command-HMS Warrior

Plymouth

 

1805

2/25

Bligh court martial started

HMS San Josef

re Warrior-Lt Frazier

1805

2/26

Bligh court martial concluded

Torbay

Bligh reprimanded/admonished

1805

2/26

Bligh returned to Warrior

Portsmouth

as Commanding Officer

1805

4/29

Bligh appointed Governor of NSW

London

 

1806

2/20

Bligh departs England for NSW

London

HMS Porpoise & Lady Sinclair

1806

8/8

Bligh arrives in NSW as governor

Sydney

became governor 8/14

1807

James Morrison died/masters mate

at sea

gunner-HMS Blenhiem

1808

1/26

Bligh deposed as governor of NSW

Sydney

Rum Rebellion

1808

2/6

Capt Folger rediscovers Pitcairn Is

Pitcairn

in American sealer Topaz

1809

5/14

Admiralty notified-Bounty at Pitcairn

London

news via Brazil-Lt Fitzmarice

1810

5/12

Bligh departs NSW

Sydney

in HMS Hindostan

1810

10/25

Bligh arrives in England from NSW

Spithead

then Bligh to London

1810

date ?

Mareva died 

Pitcairn

Manarii/Teimua/Niau-Adams

1810

date ?

Yeatuahitea died

Pitcairn

Brown consort

1811

7/31

Bligh promoted to Rear Admiral

London

flag never broken at sea

1812

4/15

Bligh's wife Elizabeth died

Lambeth

buried at Lambeth

1814

6/4

Bligh promoted to Vice Admiral

London

at his home

1814

9/17

Capts Pipon & Stains arrive Pitcairn

Pitcairn

HMS Tagus & Briton

1817

5/26

John Fryer died -Bounty Master

Norfolk UK

Wells next the sea

1817

10/17

American ship Sultan visit Pitcairn

Pitcairn

Capt Caleb Reynolds

1817

10/19

Jenny departed Pitcairn to Tahiti

Pitcairn

on American Ship Sultan

1817

12/7

Bligh died of cancer

London

buried at Lambeth 

1819

1/18

British ship Hercules arrives Pitcairn

Pitcairn

Capt Henderson-brought books

1819

3/2

American ship Elizabeth arrives

Pitcairn

Capt Henry King

1819

3/5

American whaler Stanton arrives

Pitcairn

Capt Burtch

1819

7/17

Jenny interview published

Sydney

in Sydney Gazette

1820

1/29

King George III died

London

Windsor Castle

1820

6/19

Sir Joseph Banks died

London

Spring Grove-Isleworth

1821

4/23

English ship Surry arrives Pitcairn

Pitcairn

Capt Thomas Raine

1822

3/8

American whaler Russell arrives

Pitcairn

CDR Frederic Arthur

1823

12/10

English whaler Cyrus arrives

Pitcairn

Master John Hall

1823

12/10

John Buffett/John Evans arrived

Pitcairn

on ship Cyrus from London

1825

12/5

HMS Blossom visited Pitcairn

Pitcairn

Capt Beechey

1826

3/7

Sarah/Sully died-Chas Christian wife

Pitcairn

Teio's baby from Tahiti

1826

12/14

Jane Quintal departed Pitcairn

Pitcairn

Ship Lovely Ann-Capt Blythe

1828

11/5

George Hunn Nobbs arrived

Pitcairn

with Noah Bunker in small boat

1829

3/5

John Adams died

Pitcairn

Buried on Pitcairn/b1763 London

1829

3/14

Teio/Mary died

Pitcairn

John Adams wife- blind

1831

2/10

Peter Heywood died -Post Captain

England

after distinguished naval career

1831

3/7

Pitcairners move to Tahiti

from Pitcairn

via Lucy Ann & Comet

1831

3/21

Pitcairners arrive in Tahiti

from Pitcairn

via Lucy Ann & Comet

1831

4/21

Thursday October Christian died

Tahiti

first born on Pitcairn

1831

4/29

Vahineatua/Prudence died

Tahiti

Mills/Adams consort

1831

6/9

Toowhaiti/Nancy died

Tahiti

Tararo/Williams/Young consort

1831

6/27

1st Pitcairners back to Pitcairn

from Tahiti

via Courier de Bordeaux

1831

9/3

Last Pitcairners back to Pitcairn

from Tahiti

via Am whaler Charles Doggett

date ?

Tehuteatuaonoa/Jenny died

Tahiti

Adams/Martin consort

1832

10/28

Joshua Hill arrived

Pitcairn

via barque Maria from Tahiti

1834

3/10

William Purcell died- Carpenter

England

Last of Bounty crew -in asylum

1837

12/9

Joshua Hill departs Pitcairn

Pitcairn

via HMS Imogene/ Capt Bruce

1838

11/29

Pitcairn became British Colony

Pitcairn

HMS Fly -Capt Russell Elliott

1838

11/29

Edward Quintal 1st Chief Magistrate

Pitcairn

election supervized by Elliott

1841

9/14

Mauatua/Maimiti died

Pitcairn

Christian/Young consort

1850

7/15

Teraura/Teopiti/Susannah died

Pitcairn

Young/Quintal/T.O. Christian

1856

5/2

Pitcairners move to Norfolk Island

Pitcairn

via HMS Morayshire- 194 people

1856

6/8

Pitcairners arrive at Norfolk Island

Norfolk Is

on HMS Morayshire

1858

3/15

Wild Wave crew -Capt Knowles

arrive Pitcairn

in boat from wreck on Oeno Is.

1859

1/17

1st Pitcairners back to Pitcairn

from Norfolk Is

via brig Mary Ann

1863

12/18

2nd Pitcairners back to Pitcairn

from Norfolk Is

via ship St Kilda

1884

11/6

George Hunn Nobbs died

Norfolk Is

 

1891

5/5

John Buffett died

Norfolk Is

 

1891

12/30

John Evans died

Norfolk Is

 

1886

10/18

John Tay arrives via sloop Pelican

Pitcairn

7th-day Adventist layman

1890

11/25

Schooner Pitcairn arrrives

Pitcairn

w/ John Tay & 7th-day minister

1892

1/8

John Tay died

Suva, Fiji

born 1831 - USA

This extensive chronology is the work of, and used by permission of, Butch Kerr, a long-time student and researcher of “The Bounty Saga.”


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