Bligh and the Defiance Mutiny

By Gavin Kennedy, published February 1979


In October 1795 mutiny broke out on Defiance in Leith. Bligh, then captain of Calcutta had a prominent role in suppression of the mutiny, leading boatloads of soldiers onto the ship. In a letter to Sir Joseph Banks he was less than complimentary about the approach taken by the authorities. The author shows how this incident, followed by Bligh’s part in dealing with subsequent mutinies and at the battle of Camperdown, completed his rehabilitation following the Bounty incident.

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Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Eighteenth Century
Subjects include: Navies

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