Ill-Starred Captains: Flinders and Baudin / Edition 3

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Amid the Napoleonic Wars, France and Britain launched rival voyages of discovery to the Antipodes. Led by the outstanding naval captains Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders, these expeditions were seen as vital for gathering geographical and scientific knowledge—yet both expeditions ended in personal disaster for their commanders. Drawing extensively on original eyewitness accounts, logs and journals, this intriguing historical documentation brings to life the tragic circumstances of the two men who suffered abrupt changes in fortune while in pursuit of discovery.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781921361296
  • Publisher: Fremantle Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Edition description: Third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Brown is a historical adviser, a former chief librarian, and an author.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Preface ix
Acknowledgements xii
A Note on Sources xv
Weights, Measures and Currencies xix
1. Introduction: Finding Australia 1
2. The Captains 18
3. The Voyage Out 59
4. New Holland and Timor, April to November 1801 111
5. Flinders and the Unknown Coast, December 1801 to May 1802 152
6. Baudin in Tasmanian Waters, 1802 190
7. Port Jackson Interlude, April to November 1802 232
8. Flinders - Triumph and Tragedy, July 1802 to December 1803 281
9. The Shadow of a Captain on a Ghost Ship, December 1802 to August 1803 327
10. Nemesis - Isle de France: Death, Detention, Deliverance, 1803 to 1810 368
11. Finale 414
12. Epilogue: Baudin and Flinders - Reputations 459
Appendix A Passports 478
Appendix B Shipwreck - Samuel Smith's Account of the Disaster at Wreck Reef 481
Appendix C A Day in the Life of Matthew Flinders, Prisoner 484
Appendix D Roll Call 488
Bibliography 497
Index 507
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