William Bligh

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth9.9.1754 - Plymouth ref:616
First Known Service1762ref:616
FatherFrancis Blighref:616
MotherMrs Jane Pearce (née Balsam)ref:616
WifeElizabeth Bethamref:616
Last Known Service4.6.1814ref:616
Date of Death7.12.1817 - London ref:616

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
1762 Monmouth (70), Captain's Servantref:616
27.7.17703.2.1771Hunter (10), Able Seamanref:616
4.2.17719.1771Hunter (10), Midshipmanref:616
9.17719.1775Crescent (32), Midshipmanref:616
9.17751776Ranger (8), Midshipmanref:616
4.2.1781 Married Elizabethref:616
5.10.1781 LieutenantCSORN
13.1.1783 Placed in half-payref:616
8.178728.4.1789Bounty (4), CommanderBWAS-1714
15.12.1790 CaptainCSORN
23.4.179130.9.1793Providence (10), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
5.17952.1796Calcutta (54), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
1.17967.1800Director (64), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
11.10.1797 Battle of Camperdown 
18015.1801Glatton (56), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
4.18017.1801Irresistible (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
2.4.1801 Battle of Copenhagen 
5.18045.1805Warrior (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
4.18051809Porpoise (10), as Flag Officer, CommodoreBWAS-1793
18061810Appointed Governor of New South Walesref:616
31.7.1810 Rear-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
12.8.1812 Rear-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
4.12.1813 Rear-Admiral of the RedCSORN
4.6.1814 Vice-Admiral of the BlueCSORN


ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner SmithWeb Site
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook

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Posted by Pieter van der Merwe on Saturday 8th of September 2018 12:40

Just a cautionary note that a number of Bligh's RN ships do not appear in the list above, starting with Cook's 'Resolution' (1776-80) as Master, and a number in which he served afterwards before commanding the 'Bounty': i.e. 'Belle Poule' (also as Master), then as lieutenant in 'Berwick', 'Princess Amelia', 'Cambridge': a full dated list is in his Wiki entry.

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