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William BLIGH

English William BLIGH

Officer of the British Royal Navy and a colonial administrator

Source :  Jacques CHANIS

Born: on September 09, 1754 in St Tudy, Cornwall, Great Britain
Died: on December 07, 1817 in London, England


Bligh was born either in Tinten Manor in St Tudy near Bodmin, Cornwall, or in Plymouth to Francis Bligh and his wife Jane. Francis was Jane's second husband; she was the widow of a man whose surname was Pearce and her maiden name was Balsam. He was signed for the Royal Navy at age seven, it being common to sign on a "young gentleman" simply to gain experience at sea required for promotion. In 1770, at age 16, he joined HMS Hunter as an able seaman, the term used because there was no vacancy for a midshipman. He became a midshipman early in the following year. In September 1771, Bligh was transferred to the Crescent and remained in the ship for three years.

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