Francis Godolphin Bond

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Francis Godolphin Bond (23 January 1765 – 26 October 1839, Exeter) was a Rear-Admiral in the British Royal Navy. He was a nephew of William Bligh and grandfather of Frederick Bligh Bond. He sailed as Bligh's First Lieutenant on HMS Providence, Bligh's second breadfruit mission to Tahiti following the ill-fated Bounty voyage.

In 1798 as a Lieutenant he commissioned the newly acquired Netley. Under his command, Netley captured numerous French and Spanish privateers, including Egyptienne.[1] In all, under Bond Netley captured some 45 prizes, including 19 armed privateers. Reina Luisa was valued for purposes of prize money at £24,000.[2] If Bond received the full ¼ due the captain of the capturing vessel(s), his share would have been £6,000, or an amount equivalent to about 15 years pay for a senior captain (in rank). This would have been in addition to the prize money for all his other captures. Bond received his promotion to Commander on 11 December 1800 and left Netley.

Bond returned to England. He was promoted to post captain on 29 April 1802. In June 1803 he received a command in the Sea Fencibles. He received no further command and though he rose to the rank rear admiral on 10 January 1837 through seniority, he actually appears never to have gone to sea again in a naval capacity after his service in Netley.

Bond died at Exeter, about three years later, on 26 October 1839, aged 74.


  1. ^ "No. 15162". The London Gazette. 23 July 1799. pp. 742–743.
  2. ^ Bligh & Bond (1953), p.10.


William Bligh, Francis Godolphin Bond (1953) Fresh light on Bligh: being some unpublished correspondence of Captain William Bligh, R.N., and Lieutenant Francis Godolphin Bond, R.N., with Lieutenant Bond's manuscript notes made on the voyage of H.M.S. "Providence," 1791-1795. (D.S. Ford, Printers).

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  4. ^ "Catharine Pearce". Ancestry. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
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  6. ^ Mundle, Rob (2012). Bligh Master Mariner. Pen and Sword. p. 227. ISBN 9781781590478.
  7. ^ a b Coates, Richard. "Frederick Bligh Bond". University of the West of England. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Bond, Frederick Bligh (1864–1945)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 18 February 2016.