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Mutiny on the Bounty: Captain Bligh

MMDE: Captain Bligh was kinder than most other sea captains of his day

Current: Captain Bligh was crueler than most other sea captains of his day

When you think of The Mutiny on the Bounty, it's usually the idea of a crew of sailors being treated so badly by their evil captain that they had no choice but rebel against him. This turns out to be wrong, because records today show that Captain Bligh was actually regarded as kinder than most of his fellow captains, and the mutiny was instead caused by the sailors wishing to return to the desert island paradise they had just spent 5 months in.

Captain Bligh never keelhauled anyone, and the scene from the famous movie seems to have been fabricated in order to sell the story of him being cruel. 

Fletcher Christian

It's even been suggested that Fletcher Christian wasn't the swashbuckling hero Hollywood portrays either.

Anything for a good yarn - now where have we heard that before?