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The Eventful History of H.M.S. Bounty

Sir John Barrow

Book Overview: 

The mutiny on the Bounty occurred aboard a British Royal Navy ship on 28 April 1789. The mutiny was led by Fletcher Christian against the commanding officer, William Bligh.

On 4 April 1789, after five months in Tahiti, the Bounty set sail with its breadfruit cargo. On 28 April 1789, some 1,300 miles west of Tahiti, near Tonga, mutiny broke out. From all accounts, Fletcher Christian and several of his followers entered Bligh's cabin, which he always left unlocked, awakened him, and pushed him on deck wearing only his nightshirt, where he was guarded by Christian holding a bayonet. When Bligh entreated with Christian to be reasonable, Christian would only reply, "I am in hell, I am in hell!"

The mutineers ordered Bligh, the ship's master, two midshipmen, the surgeon's mate, and the ship's clerk into Bounty's launch. Several more men voluntarily joined Bligh rather than remaining aboard, as they knew that those who remained on board would be considered de facto mutineers under the Articles of War. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Lieutenant Bligh immediately on his return to England, after one of the most distressing and perilous passages over nearly four thousand miles of the wide ocean, with eighteen persons, in an open boat. The story obtained implicit credit; and though Lieutenant Bligh's character never stood high in the navy for suavity of manners or mildness of temper, he was always considered as an excellent seaman, and his veracity stood unimpeached. But in this age of refined liberality, when the most atrocious criminals find their apologists, it is not surprising it should now be discovered, when all are dead that could either prove or disprove it, that it was the tyranny of the commander alone, and not the wickedness of the ringleader of the mutineers of the Bounty, that caused that event. 'We all know,' it is said, 'that mutiny can arise but from one of these two sources, excessive folly or excessive tyranny; therefore' —the logic is admirable&mdas. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Sunt relatate niste evenimente reale petrecute pe la sf secolului al 18-lea. Marinarii care s-au revoltat si au luat in stapanire corabia s-au ascuns pe o insula pustie, Pitcairn, unde s-au stabilit impreuna cu niste tahitieni. Descendentii lor mai traiesc si azi pe acea insula.

Many accounts of the most well documented mutiny have been presented in both print and film but none can compare to The Eventful History and Piratical Seizure if H.M.S. Bounty: Its Causes and Consequences by John Barrow. This book presents a collection of written documents presented by all participa

Relatório "quase" oficial, em que o senhor secretário do almirantado manifesta muita simpatia por alguns dos revoltosos -os amnistiados. Interessante.
Dá ideia que este episódio só ficou famoso porque o capitão Bligh (o alvo da revolta se safou miraculosamente com mais 18 marinheiros num batem onde o

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