Harsh captain of the HMS Bounty who was overthrown in a violent mutiny.
At age 16, he joined the HMS Hunter as an able bodied seaman.
It took two years of sailing more than 3,000 miles, but miraculously he made it back to England from the Bounty.
He married Elizabeth Betham in February 1781.
His first sea voyage was under the command of the famous explorer Captain James Cook.