Mutiny on the bounty trial

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On this day in 1792 the trial started in Portsmouth of the most celebrated mutineers in naval history – 10 members of the crew of the Bounty.

They were accused of having forced Captain Bligh and 18 others into a boat and setting them adrift.

The mutineers then settled in Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands, attracted by the lifestyle.

Those who had been found in Tahiti were repatriated, though four died en route. The remaining 10 were put on trial.

Captain Bligh survived to give evidence and three men, John Millward, Thomas Ellison and Thomas Burkitt, who were alleged to have played a more active role in the mutiny, were convicted and hanged aboard HMS Brunswick in Portsmouth Harbour on October 29, 1792.