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Depot Index > Crew of the HMS (HMAV) Bounty

In the 18th century Royal Navy, rank and position onboard ship was clearly defined in a social hierarchy. At the top were the Wardroom Officers, commissioned by the British crown to lead the vessel. These included the ship's commissioned officers, the sailing master, and the master's mates who were the most experienced men aboard. The midshipmen, that is to say the officers-in-training, were next in seniority. Warrant officers were skilled specialists who were granted shipboard commissions by the vessel's captain and had rights to access the quarterdeck and, upon invitation, dine in the wardroom. Warrant officers were also immune from punishment by flogging. They were assisted by petty officers, who were apprentices learning the trade of the skilled warrant officer, or skilled specialists who served without the benefit of a warrant. At the bottom of the social tree were the seamen, divided into Able Seamen and Ordinary Seamen. Aboard some vessels, an even lower grade existed called Landsman, who were seamen-in-training with very little or no naval skill.

(M) indicates a mutineer
(D) indicates death before the mutiny
(A) indicates those who were formally accused of participating in the mutiny but were later acquitted
(P) indicates those who were tried and convicted of mutiny, but granted royal pardons
(E) indicates those convicted and executed

Wardroom Officers
William Bligh, Lieutenant and Commander 
John Fryer, Sailing Master 
Fletcher Christian, Master's Mate (M) 
William Elphinstone, Master's Mate 

Midshipmen
John Hallett, Midshipman 
Thomas Hayward, Midshipman 

Midshipmen mustered as able seamen
Peter Heywood, Midshipman (M) (P)
George Steward, Midshipman 
Robert Tinkler, Midshipman 
Edward Young, Midshipman (M) 

Warrant Officers
Thomas Huggan, Surgeon (D) 
William Cole, Boatswain 
Charles Churchill, Ship's Corporal (M) 
William Peckover, Gunner 
Joseph Coleman, Armourer (A) 
Peter Linkletter, Quartermaster 
John Norton, Quartermaster 
Lawrence LeBogue, Sailmaker 
Henry Hillbrandt, Cooper (M) 
William Purcell, Carpenter 
David Nelson, Botanist 
Petty Officers
James Morrison, Boatswain's Mate (M), (P) 
Thomas Ledward, Surgeon's Mate 
George Simpson, Quartermaster's Mate 
John Williams, Armourer's Mate (M) 
Thomas McIntosh, Carpenter's Mate (A) 
Charles Norman, Carpenter's Mate (A) 
John Mills, Gunner's Mate (M) 
William Muspratt, Tailor (M) (P) 
John Smith, Steward 
Thomas Hall, Cook 
Richard Skinner, Barber (M) 
John Samuel, Clerk 
William Brown, Gardener's Assistant 
Robert Lamb, Butcher 

Seamen
John Adams, Able Seaman (M) 
Thomas Burkitt, Able Seaman (M) (E) 
Michael Byrne, Able Seaman (A) 
Thomas Ellison, Able Seaman (M) (E) 
Isaac Martin, Able Seaman (M) 
William McCoy, Able Seaman (M) 
John Millward, Able Seaman (M) (E)
Matthew Quintal, Able Seaman (M) 
John Sumner, Able Seaman (M) 
Matthew Thompson, Able Seaman (M) 
James Valentine, Able Seaman (D) 


Source: Norfolk Island. (2007, January 25). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopaedia.
Retrieved 06:47, February 1, 2007


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