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The American Union seamen tossed pirates off the ship.
The sad truth corporate spokesman Bligh said is that the Union help was just too expensive.
They cost too damn much what with expecting benefits, pay, and even funeral expenses if they were dumb enough to get killed! They just had to go.
It would have been far cheaper to have just paid off the pirates and gotten the ship to port on time.
This was just another publicity stunt. The only way they did it was with long practice being Union thugs.