Mutiny on Board HMS Bounty [NOOK Book]

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On 28th April 1789 a small and unremarkable merchant vessel became one of the most famous ships in maritime history. HMS Bounty was under the command of 34-year-old Lieutenant William Bligh, an inexperienced commander who lacked the respect of a crew attracted to the promise of an easy life in a Tahitian paradise.

Fletcher Christian led half the crew in mutiny against Bligh and after overpowering all resistance, they cast their deposed captain...
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Overview

On 28th April 1789 a small and unremarkable merchant vessel became one of the most famous ships in maritime history. HMS Bounty was under the command of 34-year-old Lieutenant William Bligh, an inexperienced commander who lacked the respect of a crew attracted to the promise of an easy life in a Tahitian paradise.

Fletcher Christian led half the crew in mutiny against Bligh and after overpowering all resistance, they cast their deposed captain adrift along with those still loyal to him. Luckily for Bligh, his skills as a navigator were better than his skills as a captain and he managed to sail the 23ft boat 3,618 nautical miles to Timor in the Dutch East Indies with no chart or compass, and only a quadrant and a pocket watch for navigation. On returning to England he reported what had happened, and the Royal Navy hunted down and captured most of the mutineers.

However, this is only half the story – William Bligh’s version. The captured mutineers went on trial and their testimonies give a much less heroic portrait of their former captain, accusing him of unduly harsh treatment. Fletcher Christian’s older brother Edward, a judge, oversaw a more balanced account of the mutiny. Of the mutineers who returned to England, only three were hanged; four were acquitted and three pardoned.

This book gives the fullest version of the mutiny, allowing Bligh's account to sit alongside those of his detractors. The discrepancies are fascinating, and allow us to make up our own minds about this infamous mutiny.

Also includes an exclusive Foreword by former World Sailor of the Year Pete Goss, who offers a unique perspective on the trials and tribulations of the Bounty's crew, whether castaway or mutineer.

Captain William Bligh recounts his experiences in 1789 when his ship "Bounty" was taken over in a mutiny and he and a crew of eighteen men were set adrift in an open boat in the southern Pacific Ocean.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472907226
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 8/14/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 717 KB

Meet the Author

Born in 1754, William Bligh was a 34-year-old lieutenant in charge of HMS Bounty when his protege Fletcher Christian led a mutiny against him. Bligh had previously served under Captain Cook on his final voyage, and would go on to become a Vice Admiral of the Royal Navy. He died in London in December 1817.

Pete Goss, MBE received the Legion d'Honneur as well as the ISAF World Sailor of the Year for turning back during the 1996 Vendee Globe solo round-the-world race to save a fellow competitor's life.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2006

    An okay read

    The Mutiny On Board HMS Bounty Captain William Bligh records his adventure. He records the painful, sad, and happy times that he experienced. During they¿re sailing they almost caught a humongous fish to eat for lunch. But one little tiny mistake the fish got loose later they landed on Australia (New Holland). The people there were nice. Until later when they attacked with rocks!! Only one Seaman died because he saved Captain Bligh. After they got Captain Bligh on board the ausrailians chased them through the water. One of the seamen got an idea, they started to take off their clothes and throw them into the water. Hoping they would stop and get the clothes. They were lucky the Australians stopped and got the clothes. Then they rowed away as fast as they could. At last they made it to Timor and everyone and I mean everyone was so happy, to finally reach they¿re destination! And to all be alive. J

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2000

    It Is Good (Mutainy Onboard the HMS Bounty)

    This is a good book for young people and you can learn alot from it.

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