On this day, June 14 1789 Captain William Bligh arrives in the Dutch Colony of Timor, 41 days following the Mutiny of the Ship ‘Bounty’.
Speculation remains that Bligh was a harsh leader, leaving the crew, lead by First Mate Fletcher Christian, to cast their Commanding lieutenant adrift after leaving Tahiti. Bligh was given a small launch and provisions including a sextant to make it to safety. A skilled navigator, Bligh headed to the Dutch Colonies where he knew he could find assistance to pursue the mutineers-rather than stop at nearby Islands.
This map of the Samow Strait’s of Timor was created by Bligh for publication circa 1800 to be added as part of his two volumes recalling the later (1791-1793) voyage of the ship ‘Provenance’