The Bounty was originally built at Blaydes shipyard in Hull as a coal-carrying vessel. The ship was on a trip to collect breadfruit from Tahiti when the infamous mutiny took place. The mutineers cast Captain Bligh adrift with 18 loyal crew members who successfully steered their boat on a 47-day journey to Timor. Bligh later rose to the rank of vice-admiral and became governor of New South Wales.
Fletcher Christian, who led the mutiny on the Bounty in 1789, named his first son Thursday October Christian, apparently because he was born on a Thursday in October 1790.
Only when Pitcairn was re-discovered years later was it realized that a miscalculation had been made because of the International Date Line and he should have been Friday October Christian.
Thursday October Christian's fourth son, born in 1820, was given the same name, as he too began life on a Thursday in October. Thursday October Christian II went on to become chief magistrate on Pitcairn.
The wreck of the Bounty was found in 1947. Luis Marden, the American diver who found it, wore cufflinks made from the ship's nails.
Bounty Day is celebrated on 23 January on Pitcairn, marking the day in 1790 when the Bounty mutineers set fire to the ship to avoid detection.