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After the Bounty: A Sailor's Account of the Mutiny and Life in the South Seas


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In 1787, the Royal Navy ship H.M.S. Bounty, captained by William Bligh, set sail for Tahiti in search of breadfruit plants. Soon after leaving Tahiti, Master's Mate Fletcher Christian led a successful revolt, setting Bligh and eighteen of his men adrift. In his journal, fellow mutineer James Morrison recounts the Bounty'svoyage from his perspective as the boatswain's mate, placing considerable blame for the mutiny on Bligh's irascible personality and style of command. This event, however, simply introduces Morrison's remarkable journey through the South Seas. A born storyteller, Morrison presents compelling tales after the Bountymutiny, beginning with ringleader Fletcher Christian's two bloody, ill-fated attempts to establish a refuge on the island of Tubuai. Morrison then recounts his eighteen month sojourn on Tahiti, where he constructed a seaworthy schooner and closely observed every aspect of the island and its way of life. He also includes the subsequent arrival of H.M.S. Pandora, which was charged with bringing the mutineers back to England for trial, and his imprisonment in the horrific Pandora's Box. Morrison once again faces peril when the Pandorasinks on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, where thirty-one of the crew and four prisoners perished. Although Morrison did not actively participate in the Bountyinsurrection, he had remained with Fletcher Christian's party, which was enough evidence for condemnation once back in England. While imprisoned, Morrison began composing his journal. He was released-King George III granted a pardon-and soon after wrote the second half of the journal, which he filled with detailed descriptions of Tahitian life, culture, and natural history. Morrison's journal is an invaluable resource for naval historians and an enthralling tale for the general reader.

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Potomac Books Inc.
Maxton, Donald
Morrison, James
History : Modern - 18th Century
Publication Date:
November 2009

Related Subjects

Biography » Military
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Military » Naval History
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » General
Transportation » Nautical » General
Transportation » Nautical » Ships and Ship History

After the Bounty: A Sailor's Account of the Mutiny and Life in the South Seas
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