In 1787, Lieutenant William Bligh, a young officer of the British Royal Navy was entrusted with the command of the H.M.S. Bounty and sent on a voyage to Tahiti. His task was to collect as many breadfruit trees as possible and bring them to the Caribbean where they should be used to provide food for the slaves. In the end, the mission failed, the famous mutiny under Commander Christian Slater took place and William Bligh and a few loyal men had to leave the ship and travelled 42 days in a small boat before reaching the island Timor.
In 1660 the City of Amsterdam gave a highly decorated yacht like the 'Golden Yacht' to Charles II, King of England. The king was so fascinated by this present that he enjoyed calling special races for this kind of boats, which were then called yachting.
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