Synopses & Reviews
The special focus of Bligh , unlike other books about the Captain, is that the material is taken from the actual log of Captain Bligh. The book also features the logs of his boatswain, the surgeon aboard the Pandora, who searched for the missing mutineers, and the captain of the Blossom, who found them.
When the mutineers on the Bounty set their captain, William Bligh, and 18 seamen adrift in a small boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, they triggered an epic adventure of never-ending fascination. From the heroism of Bligh, who navigated the over-loaded boat over 3,600 miles of trackless ocean, to the bloody tragedy of Pitcairn Island, where the mutineers' harmonious community was ruined by racism, sex and alcohol, this is one of the most spellbinding sagas in the annals of ocean voyages. Bligh! is the first book to tell the complete story-the stormy voyage out from England, the dalliance in Tahiti, the mutineers' wandering quest for a safe haven, the court-martial in England-based on the original written accounts of five of the principal witnesses. Within a few years, most of the men involved were dead, from drowning, disease, Admiralty justice or murder, but the odyssey of the Bounty lives on.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 183-184) and index.