Mutiny: Recreating Captain Bligh's epic voyage of survival

Mutiny: Recreating Captain Bligh's epic voyage of survival. Image courtesy: Channel 4

  • Lower Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University

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Join Conrad Humphreys as he shares his experience of recreating Captain Bligh’s epic voyage of survival. After the successful series on Channel 4, Conrad will talk about his greatest challenge yet on the high seas, with the talk followed by questions and answers. 

Using traditional navigation equipment and surviving off the same meagre rations as Bligh, a team of nine men led by SAS: Who Dares Wins frontman, Anthony Middleton were cast adrift 35 miles to the south of Tofua near the Kingdom of Tonga in a replica 23ft open keel-less boat. Their mission, to survive and safely navigate across 4000 miles of open ocean to Kupang, Timor and recreate one of the world’s greatest open boat voyages of British history.

“When ships were made of wood, men were made of steel”


  • Arrival from: 18:30
  • Talk starts: 19:00
  • Q&A: 19:45
  • Drinks reception: 20:15

This free event is sponsored by Plymouth University Marine Institute. There will be a collection on the night in support of the Island Trust.

Please note: this event has proved extremely popular and is now FULLY BOOKED. 

Historical background (extract from Conrad's website)

230 years ago, British navy ship HMS Bounty was sailing from Tahiti to the West Indies. During its 17 month voyage a poisonous rift developed between its crew and its young captain, William Bligh. In the middle of the South Pacific, rebellion broke out.

"I am now to relate one of the worst acts of piracy ever committed – at dawn of day, several men came into my cabin and while I was asleep, seized and tied my hands behind my back and took the Bounty from me."

It would go down in history as the Mutiny on the Bounty. Captain Bligh and a handful of loyal men were forced into a tiny open boat and left to die. Instead they managed to navigate 4,000 miles to safety, through some of the world’s most remote and unforgiving seas. It remains one of the greatest survival feats in British history.

The Island Trust

Conrad's talks are supporting the work of the Island Trust to provide life changing sailing experiences for disadvantaged and disabled young people. There will be an opportunity for invited guests to make a donation to support the work of the Island Trust.

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Speaker biography

British yachtsman, Conrad Humphreys who has circumnavigated the world three times, including the notorious Vendée Globe in 2004-05, was selected as the professional sailor and sailing master of the Bounty’s End.

A veteran of the Southern Ocean, Conrad found himself facing his greatest challenge yet - a never-ending struggle on the high seas where extreme hunger, fatigue, illness, conflict and stormy seas threatened to engulf their tiny boat and end their hopes of reaching Timor safely, over 4,000 miles away. 

Further information:

Conrad graduated from Plymouth University in 1998 with a BSc (Hons) Ocean Science and Meteorology; he was also awarded an Honorary Master of Science by the University in 2005.

Image credit: Matt Austin

Mutiny is produced by Windfall Films and will be broadcast by Channel 4 on 6 March 2017 at 21:00. 

View the trailer

Image courtesy: Channel 4

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