Monday, 14 November 2011

Find My Past - Mutiny on the Bounty

This week's episode of Find My Past looks at the Mutiny on the Bounty - here's the trailer:



About the episode

The mutiny on the Bounty was a mutiny that occurred aboard the British Royal Navy ship HMS Bounty on 28 April 1789. The mutiny was led by Fletcher Christian against the commanding officer, William Bligh. According to most accounts, the sailors were attracted to the idyllic life on the Pacific island of Tahiti and repelled by the harsh treatment of their captain. Eighteen mutineers set Lieutenant Bligh and 18 of the 22 crew loyal to him afloat in a small boat. Mutineers then settled on Pitcairn Island or in Tahiti. The Bounty was subsequently burned off Pitcairn Island to avoid detection and to prevent desertion. Descendants of some of the mutineers and Tahitians still live on Pitcairn island.


Contributors

Penelope Geoghan is 70 years old and lives in Southfields, London. She loves and took a ‘gap year’ aged 56 to spend time with friends abroad and stop off wherever took her interest. She is excited to find out about her fascinating family history.

Ken Ford is 67 years old and lives in Andover. with his partner and son. Also has a grown-up daughter. He works part time for the police and has had a very varied career including spending sometime in the Merchant Navy. Ken qas incredibly shocked to find out his ancestor was involved in the Mutiny on the Bounty and is excited to learn more.

Marysia Stickland is a mum of 3 young boys and lives in Northwood. Her husband is in the Royal Marines. Marysia wants to learn more about her family history so she can share the stories with her sons when the get older.

The episode airs on Thursday 17th November on Yesterday at 9pm and is repeated daily throughout the following week. Yesterday can be found at Sky channel 537, Virgin TV channel 203 and Freeview channel 12 and there is more info about the series at http://uktv.co.uk/yesterday/homepage/sid/8995 and their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/YesterdayTVChannel?sk=app_271762479512251

(With thanks to Lee Washington)

Chris

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