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Richard Skinner, Able Seaman

H.M.S. Bounty

contributed by Norma HILLMAN, Lakeland, FL

Richard Skinner, born 1765, died August 30, 1791 was an "able seaman" on the HMS Bounty and was one of the mutineers. The mutineers sailed the Bounty to Tahiti where they once had enjoyed the hospitality of the natives. Nine of the Mutineers left Tahiti, but Richard Skinner stayed there. Richard was captured and put on the H.M.S. Pandora. In the early morning of August 39, 1791 the Pandora sank having hit a barrier reef off the Australian Coast at night and the following mutineers drowned at sea:

George Stewart

John Sumner

Richard Skinner

SKINNER, Richard
Able-bodied seaman and barber

Bounty's Crew Encyclopedia
Pitcairn Islands Study Center

SKINNER, Richard Able-bodied seaman and barber on the Bounty {testing}; mutineer; stayed on Tahiti; drowned when the Pandora sank. Skinner was born in Tunbridge Wells and was twenty-one when he mustered on the Bounty. Among his other duties on board he seems to have been Fryer's servant.

Bligh's description of Skinner, written after the mutiny, reads as follows:

[RICHARD SKINNER] 22 years, 5 feet 8 inches high. Fair complexion, light-brown hair, very well made. Scars on both ankles and on right shin. It is tattooed, and by trade a Hair Deeper.

Skinner was "badly hurt" at Cape Town but does not seem to have received any permanent injury.

He was an active mutineer and seemed to have been on the point of shooting into the launch, probably aiming at Bligh, when someone next to him knocked his musket aside.

Skinner stayed on Tahiti when Christian and his party sailed in search of an island refuge. He had a daughter with his Tahitian consort.

Skinner drowned with his hands till manacled when the Pandora went down.

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