Conrad hails ‘mutiny’ TV mission as his most difficult voyage yet

PUBLISHED: 12:30 21 March 2017

Conrad Humphreys, who grew up in Exmouth, has recreated the 'mutiny' aboard HMS Bounty in the 18th Century.

Conrad Humphreys, who grew up in Exmouth, has recreated the 'mutiny' aboard HMS Bounty in the 18th Century.

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A yachtsman, who grew up in Exmouth, has helped to recreate an epic voyage for a new television documentary.

Conrad Humphreys starred in the opening episode of Mutiny, in which a team re-lives Captain Bligh’s voyage of survival after the mutiny on the Bounty.

The true voyage – 230 years ago – began from British navy ship HMS Bounty, which was sailing from Tahiti to the West Indies.

After disaffected crewmen seized control of the ship from Bligh, he and 18 loyalists were set adrift in a small wooden boat.

The programme follows nine men as they attempt a 4,000-mile trip on a wooden boat, using traditional navigation equipment and surviving off the same rations as Bligh’s crew.

Humphreys, who has circumnavigated the world three times, said the voyage rated among the most difficult of his life.

He said: “We experienced very similar conditions to Bligh’s crew – rough seas, no shelter, no cabins, no toilet.

“It’s was remarkable voyage because the boat was 23 feet long – that’s about a metre per man – and we were on it together for 60 days.

“Bligh’s crew was made up of able seamen, but I inherited a crew that had very little experience at sea.

“At times Bligh had to take his cutlass out to maintain order. Obviously, we couldn’t do that, but there were moments when we had to be decisive and discipline helped the team move forward.”

Humphreys will speak about leadership, camaraderie, courage and humility on the high seas during a talk at the University 
of Exeter on Monday, March 27, from 7pm.

To attend, email events@exeter.ac.uk or ring 01392 722321.

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