William Bligh’s signature given on Bounty

Signature of William Bligh written on board Bounty.

4 November 1787.

Single sheet of laid paper, signature in top right hand corner of page.

“Given under my hand on Board His Majesty’s Armed Vessel Bounty at Sea 4 Nov’r 1787″, addressed “To Mr John Fryer Master and two of the Master’s Mates on board His Majesty’s Armed Vessel Bounty“.


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William Bligh, FRS, RN (9 September 1754 – 7 December 1817) was an officer of the British Royal Navy and a colonial administrator. A historic mutiny occurred during his command of Bounty in 1789; Bligh and his loyal men made a remarkable voyage to Timor, after being set adrift in Bounty‘s launch by the mutineers. Fifteen years after the Bounty mutiny, he was appointed Governor of New South Wales in Australia, with orders to clean up the corrupt rum trade of the New South Wales Corps, resulting in the well known ‘Rum Rebellion’.

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Date

1787

Author/Maker

William Bligh

Material

Ink (iron gall ink), Paper