Sunday, January 21, 2018

In the new Discovery Channel series, Mutiny: Survival on the Oceans, 9 men will try to navigate the Pacific Ocean as they recreate the journey after Mutiny of the Bounty.

A new series, Mutiny: Survival on the Oceans, starts on Tuesday 30 January on Discovery Channel (DStv 121) at 20:00 in which 9 men will recreate, and see how they can survive, one of history's greatest feats of endurance and navigation.

In Mutiny: Survival on the Oceans, 9 men, drifting in the Pacific Ocean on a wooden boat, will attempt the 4 000 mile journey of Lieutenant William Bligh after the Mutiny on the HMS Bounty in 1789 during which he and his men spent 7 weeks in the boat.

With a combination of experienced sailors and complete novices, Anthony Middleton will lead the group across the ocean in a replica 23-foot wooden boat, using Bligh's diary as a guide and inspiration on their journey.

The 9 men will face the unpredictable weather of the Pacific Ocean and suffer the whims of sudden storms and treacherous hidden reefs.

They will stop on isolated islands in the hunt for desperately needed food, water and supplies and work together to try and make it all the way to Timor.

Mutiny: Survival on the Oceans was broadcast on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom a year ago.

Anthony Middleton told The Telegraph newspaper at the time that he was "that trying to get the crew out of the mind-set that this was a sailing adventure. It wasn't; it was a survival journey. If we  had treated this as a sailing project, not one of us would have made it halfway through."

When nature called the men would squat over the side of the boat. "If you did piss, it would be a foul-smelling liquid that looked like Guinness and there would be about a thimble full," said cameraman Sam Brown.