m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Maurice Bligh

Inventor, Historian, Descendant of "Captain" Bligh

Maurice Bligh is a man with mission: to set the record straight about his famous forebear, who is widely known as “Captain Bligh” of the legendary HMS Bounty. With this goal in mind, he has been following in his great-great-great-grandfather’s footsteps, or rather his wake, for more than 45 years.

According to Maurice, the “Captain” was actually Vice-Admiral William Bligh, RN. FRS. (1754-1817) — and that numerous novels and two Mutiny on the Bounty Hollywood movies have grossly maligned this man who, on several counts, was a British national hero. He stood among the great names during a fantastic era of exploration in the opening up of the mighty Pacific Ocean. And he was a battle-honoured friend of Vice-Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson.

A retired patented inventor, Maurice is no stranger to the South Pacific himself. When he was only eight or nine years old, he was given a short-wave radio receiver and had, as he puts it, “the world at his fingertips.” Listening to Radio Australia motivated him to send a letter about his ancestor, who was also the 4th Governor of the former New South Wales colony, to the station. The station broadcast his letter and told him that one day, when he grew up, he must visit Australia and learn more.

In his mid-twenties, in 1970, Maurice set out by sea from England and followed the approximate route of the Bounty. He researched en route and logged 36,000 nautical miles (equivalent to 34,175 miles over land) during on a circumnavigation voyage of discovery that lasted nearly a year and a half.

One early morning, when the mountain tips of Tahiti rose majestically from the blue, blue waters, he recalls that the moment was a lifelong dream come true. Being there, he maintains, “brought history to life.”

We hope you’ll join Maurice aboard The Gauguin as he reveals historic truths about Admiral William Bligh, a three-time visitor to Tahiti and the South Seas. He will also explain how Hollywood got it all wrong: there never was never a ship called HMS Bounty!

other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Classical Musicians
January 22, 2022

Kai Gleusteen and Catherine Ordronneau have established themselves as one of the most important European violin and piano duos since they began working together in 1999. 

Art History Professor
Multiple sailings

Acclaimed academic, Fulbright scholar, author, teacher, lecturer, and art historian and curator Caroline Boyle-Turner is a perennially popular guest host aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin. Join us aboard as she enriches your appreciation for our ship’s namesake and his circle of friends.

Owner/Winemakers, Pfeiffer Winery and Vineyards
June 25, 2022

Robin and Danuta Pfeiffer are the owners and winemakers of Pfeiffer Winery and Vineyards, an ultra-premium, sustainable, 70-acre vineyard with an international reputation for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Enjoy a wine lecture and a tasting of Pfeiffer Winery wines when Robin and Danuta join us aboard The Gauguin.

Food & Wine
Dr. Lindsay Whaley and Dr. Charles Urbanowicz, Smithsonian Journeys
September 7, 2022

Join the Tuamotus & the Society Islands itinerary on September 7, 2022, to experience two very special Smithsonian Journeys Experts on language and anthropology in the South Pacific. when Dr. Lindsay Whaley and Dr. Charles Urbanowicz join us aboard The Gauguin.

Distinguished Professor of Cultural Geography
September 24, 2022

The University Distinguished Professor of Cultural Geography at Western Kentucky University, Dr. David Keeling has visited more than 185 countries and studied a wide range of topics, from the geography of exploration and discovery to socio-economic change. Join us aboard The Gauguin as he shares his expertise in a series of fascinating lectures.