Broughton’s Schooner and the Bounty Mutineers
William Broughton acquired a schooner in Macao in 1796 to assist with exploring the north-west Pacific. A letter of his in Admiralty records reported its weight but not its origin. Several published sources have since claimed that the schooner was originally built by James Morrison and some of the Bounty mutineers on Tahiti. The weight of evidence adduced by the author runs contrary to this claim, including his discovery of a further letter from Broughton in the Hydrography Department’s records which identifies the vessel as the Prince William Henry, built at Shoreham in 1788.