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by Kenneth S. Allen

1st. published 1976
Published by Robert Hale & Company

An orange cloth bound book with silver lettering to the in Very Good Plus, it might even be Near Fine, condition in an unclipped dust wrapper with sunnned spine in Very Good condition.

224 pages

ISBN 0 7091 5346 5



On December 23, 1787, HMS Bounty sailed from Spithcad, her bluff bows pointed towards the other side of the world to a land whose. name already had the sound of magic — Tahiti. She was commanded by William Bligh whose mission was to collect breadfruit from the island and carry them in his ship for replanting in the West Indies as food for negro slaves.

Mainly due to two writers, Charles Nordoff and James Norman Hall, their books "Mutiny on the Bounty" and "Pitcairn's Island", together with two films based upon these books, Captain Bligh has come to be associated with cruelty and sadism remarkable even for those brutal times, a martinet whose inhumanity to his crew made the mutiny on board his ship inevitable.

Yet is this a true picture? In That Bounty Bastard, the name by which Bligh came to be known throughout the British Navy, Kenneth Allen depicts a vastly different type of man. He had many faults, certainly, of which a hasty temper was. perhaps the worst, yet he was a man with a loving wife, a large and devoted family and a wide circle of friends, especially amongst his fellow members of the Royal Society who certainly would not have welcomed "an. inhuman monster" in their midst.

He was one of the finest navigators this country has known, he played an important part in ending the Mutiny at the Note, he fought with great courage in several battles, including Camperdown and Copenhagen and was considered of sufficient merit to be offered the appointment of Governor of New South Wales. None of this, surely, fits his reputation as a sadistic, brutal monster.

In That Bounty Bastard the author, writing after several years of intensive research, hopes to have set the record straight at last

The author

Kenneth S. Allen was born near the lower reaches of the Thames, not far from where Blake careened his ships during the Dutch Wars. It was inevitable, therefore, that on becoming an author, many of his books were to concern the sea, its ships and the men who sail in them. He is now regarded as one of the country's leading naval historians and has had more than fifty books published.


1 Expedition to the South Seas
2 Arrival at Otaheite
3 The Death of Cook
4 The Battle of the Dogger Bank
5 The Rock under Siege
6 Off Cape Horn
7 Return to Tahiti
8 Mutiny!
9 The Incredible Journey
10 Court-Martial
11 A Sad Return to the Islands
12 Mutiny at Spithead
13 Mutiny at the Nore
14 Camperdown
15 England Rejoices
16 Prelude to Battle
17 Copenhagen
18 The Constant Blockade
19 The Governor


1. Captain William Bligh
2. Captain Cook
3. The Resolution and Adventure at Tahiti
4. A contemporary water-colour of Tahitian war galleys
5. "Tahiti Revisited"
6. The Bounty
7. Bligh being cast adrift by the mutineers
8. The route of the Bounty's launch
9. Bligh and the crew of the Bounty's launch being welcomed by the Governor of Timor
10. A portrait of Bligh of 1794
11. Sir Joseph Banks
12. Lord "Black Dick" Howe
13. Richard Parker
14. Deptford
15. The Battle of Camperdown
16. Lord Horatio Nelson
17. The Battle of Copenhagen
18. Bligh's tomb

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A Selection of Books Relating to The Mutiny on the Bounty


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Sir John Barrow Lt. William Bligh Greg Dening Kenneth S. Allen
Click for Barrow's 'Mutiny and Piratical seizure of HMS Bounty
A reprint of Bligh's own account of the Bounty Mutiny. Bligh published his narrative in 1790 to try and vindicate himself from the charges that he had ill-treated and cruelly abused his crew. Many of these charges had been circulated by the wealthy families of Fletcher Christian and Peter Haywood, and Bligh was not entirely successful in his aim.
Click to go to Mr. Bligh's Bad Language details!
Click to go to 'That Bounty Bastard'
Richard Hough
Richard Humble
Geoffrey Rawson
Arthur Hawkey
Click on this image to go to my 'Richard Hough - Captain Bligh and Mr Christian' page
Bligh's full career - click on this image to go to book's page
THIS BOOK HAS BEEN SOLD but details still available - click to go to Rawson's "Bligh and the Bounty"
Click on this image to go to my "Arthur Hawkey 'Bligh's Other Mutiny"

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