Captain Bligh The Man and His Mutinies

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Captain Bligh HMS Bounty'Man His Mutinies'Gavin Kennedy  
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Captain Bligh
The Man and His Mutinies

by

Gavin Kennedy

First published in Great Britain by Gerald Duckworth & Co., Ltd 1989

Published by Sphere Books in Cardinal 1990

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A card bound book with some light rubbing - VERY GOOD condition.

 

ISBN 0 7474 0679 0

Cover blurb

`Everyone, Professor Kennedy begins, knows the truth about William Bligh. He was the tyrannical Captain of HMS Bounty who drove his crew to mutiny in the South Seas and was turned adrift by the noble Fletcher Christian. Surviving by a miracle, he then mobilised the power of the Royal Navy to have his revenge, from which Christian escaped only by leading his men to the remote fastness of Pitcairn, where he, they and their Tahitian wives created an island paradise.

Almost everything in this story, as the author goes on to show, is false. Christian was not a hero. Pitcairn was not a paradise. Bligh's escape was not a miracle but an extraordinary feat of seamanship. And he was certainly not a tyrant, not at least in a navy where the qualification to the title was set fairly high. He was, nevertheless, a very peculiar man...' Sunday Telegraph

`Gavin Kennedy's book is based on an extraordinary range of primary sources which build up three well-told narratives; Bligh's career leading up to the mutiny, the mutiny itself and the fate of the mutineers, and Bligh's career — which included two further mutinies — from the moment he was cast adrift in an open boat. This is history on the human scale, depicting a reality of squalid motivation and psychological inadequacy... takes us as close to the reality of Bligh as we are ever likely to get' Scotsman
`The background causes and aftermath of the 1789 mutiny on the Bounty make compulsive reading; a shattering tale that highlights the hellish conditions of life in the 18th century Royal Navy... A vast amount of meticulous research has come to rest in these pages, a true summation of the current state of Bligh scholarship' The Times

Illustration:Graham Humphreys

Contents

Foreword
Preface
1. A Young Gentleman
2. The Death of Captain Cook
3. A Great Goodness
4. The King's Bounty
5. The First Setbacks
6. The First Rumbles of Discontent
7. Fryer's Refusal of Duty
8. The Drunken Sot
9. Landfall at Tahiti
10. Troubles Ashore and Afloat
11. Desertion, Dissent and Departure
12. Passage to Mutiny
13. Fletcher Christian
14. Bligh's First Mutiny
15. 'I am in hell'
16. Huzza for Otaheite!
17. Christian in Command
18. The Death of Fletcher Christian
19. The Long Arm of the Navy
20. The Court Martial
21. Tofoa's Silent Horror
22. Voyage of the Open Boat
23. Landfall at Coupang
24. A Near Mutiny at Sourabaya
25. Batavia and Home
26. A Brittle Triumph
27. Squalls on the Second Breadfruit Voyage
28. A Hollow Triumph
29. Out of Favour and Under Attack
30. The Defiance Mutiny
31. Bligh's Second Mutiny
32. Battle of Camperdown
33. Battle of Copenhagen
34. The Warrior Court Martial
35. New South Wales
36. Bligh's Third Mutiny
37. Interregnum
38. Journey's End
Bibliography
Index

List of Illustrations

William Bligh, attributed to John Webber
Elizabeth Bligh by John Webber
Sir Joseph Banks
John Fryer by Gaetano Calleyo
Robert Tinkler
Peter Heywood by J. Simpson
The crew of the Bounty loading breadfruit at Tahiti
`Collecting the breadfruit' by Thomas Gosse
William Bligh, engraving by H. Adlard from J.A. Russell's portrait
John Adams by R. Beechey
William Bligh, engraving from a portrait by J. Smart
William Bligh, miniature silhouette
Harriet Bligh
John Macarthur
George Johnston by Henry Robinson Smith
William Bligh, Vice-Admiral of the Blue

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