Thursday, April 28, 2011

Set adrift

April 28
On this day in 1945 yet another leader of WWII beat Hitler to the grave when Benito Mussolini was captured while trying to escape to Switzerland and killed along with his wife. He was then famously hung upside down in Milan for everyone to see that the dictator was dead.
Also on this day in 1789 was the famous mutiny on the Bounty. The Bounty was a British ship that worked primarily in the West Indies. It was on this day that captain William Bligh and 18 other crew members were set adrift and Fletcher Christian and the rest of the mutineers set sail in search of an island of their own. You see, the Bounty had arrived in Tahiti in search of breadfruit and while in harbor, Mr. Christian fell in love with the place and didn't want to leave back to England. So he started the mutiny and set up a colony in the south Pacific that still has inhabitants that are descendants of his mutineers! What about poor captain Bligh? Well, after been adrift for over 3000 miles he navigated his 21 foot boat to East Timor and was rescued. He was even able to make a return voyage to Tahiti for his breadfruit. Persistence, it pays off!

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