William Bligh is best known to history as the captain of HMS Bounty whose crew mutinied and set him adrift in a small boat. His voyage in this boat of 6,500 km reveals what a skilful seaman and navigator he must have been. He was also second-in-command to Nelson at the Battle of Copenhagen. Because of his distinguished services he was appointed Governor of Australia and sailed to take up his new post in August 1806. On arrival he found that a number of army officers had taken over control of the country and were also making personal fortunes out of the sale of rum. Bligh, well known for his strict discipline and short temper, tried to curb their powers. He even had their leader arrested and accused of sedition. But the officers turned on him and marched to Government House to take him prisoner in turn. His daughter tried to bar the way but they pushed past her and found Bligh hiding beneath his bed. He was put under arrest for a year but made so much trouble that everyone was relieved when he voluntarily left Australia for England in 1810.
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