☆ The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty · Download by × Caroline Alexander
☆ The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty · Download by × Caroline Alexander I expected this book to be excellent simply by virtue of having been written by Caroline Alexander, whose previous work, The Endurance, was outstanding If you haven t read that one and you are interested in Shackleton, I strongly suggest you find a copy and read it The Bounty is another one of those marvelous histories, which although documented sources for each chapter are given at the end thus there are no footnote encumbrances , reads likes a novel I literally could not put this book down Synopsis Sunrise, April 28, 1789 William Bligh, who was actually a lieutenant captaining the ship Bounty, sent from England to the South Pacific to gather of all things breadfruit you have to read the book to understand this was rudely awakened at swordpoint from his bunk to be informed that he would be leaving the ship In charge of this operation was Mr Fletcher C This is an amazing book We are familiar with the story of the Bounty, captained by William Bligh, and the mutiny, headed by Fletcher Christian but the story has morphed over the years into of a myth The author attempts to set the record straight but since there are so many factions for and against Bligh and Christian, that it is a matter of sorting through the conflicting stories and deciding on whose side you fall And with that said, I can say that it is really not possible to place blame but it appears that the majority of opinion is against Christian.
Being a seafaring nation, the British Naval rules were very strict and a man could be flogged for almost anything that the Captain thought was against those rules Mutiny was punishable by death and was the worst crime that a crew could The Bestselling Author Of The Endurance Reveals The Startling Truth Behind The Legend Of The Mutiny On The Bounty The Most Famous Sea Story Of All Time More Than Two Centuries Have Passed Since Fletcher Christian Mutinied Against Lt Bligh On A Small Armed Transport Vessel Called Bounty Why The Details Of This Obscure Adventure At The End Of The World Remain Vivid And Enthralling Is As Intriguing As The Truth Behind The Legend Caroline Alexander Focusses On The Court Martial Of The Ten Mutineers Captured In Tahiti And Brought To Justice In Portsmouth Each Figure Emerges As A Richly Drawn Character Caught Up In A Drama That May Well End On The Gallows With Enormous Scholarship And Exquisitely Drawn Characters, The Bounty Is A Tour De Force I was really excited to continue my obsession with seafaring adventures and open boat journeys This book, while well researched, gets so bogged down in the details of every person ever connected with any part of the story, that you never get a clear idea of what is going on Perhaps if you were already familiar with the story of the Bounty which I am not and you really want to know extensive details like the biographies of the 12 Sea Captains who sat on the Court Martial of the mutineers, this is your book.
Duty and a pile of coconutsI was surprised while reading this book that no one I spoke with had ever heard of the mutiny on the Bounty In 1789, Lieutenant William Bligh sailed his ship, the Bounty, to the beautiful island of Tahiti He d been there before with Captain James Cook, but now his goal wasn t exploration but commerce he was to obtain breadfruit plants to start plantations in the West Indies Bligh was a conscientious captain who looked out for the health and welfare of his men, even while insisting upon order Unfortunately, a combination of combustible personalities, the beauty of Tahiti and its women, and a pile of stolen coconuts led to a mutiny that left Bligh and 18 other sailors abandoned on the rough seas in a very small boat It was so heavily loaded that even small waves broke over the sides, and it seeme I picked up this book simply for some light bedtime reading and promptly lost a full night s sleep because I couldn t put it down Alexander s painstakingly reconstructed narrative of the iconic mutiny is absolutely spellbinding.
One has to admire the stamina of any historian who pours through thousands of pages of two hundred year old letters, transcripts of courts martial, popular accounts in contemporaneous circulation and standard historical books on the subject This is an achievement which is sure to oust Sven Walhrous s MUTINY AND ROMANCE IN THE HIGH SEAS as the definitive account of the Bounty misadventure.
What I find most remarkable is Ms Alexander s convincing conclusion that the folk tales of Fletcher Christian s return to England have a firm and almost inescapable foundation in fact This amounts to an historical bombshell, yet she pr urely this exhaustingly researched, enthralling and enthusiastically written tome is the last word on the most famous of all seafaring mutinies, that of shipmate Fletcher Christian and against Lieutenant Bligh on the Bounty More than 200 years have gone by since the ship left England after dreadful weather kept it harbored for months, on its mission to transport breadfruit from Tahiti to the West Indies The mutiny in Tahiti left the mutineers scattered about the paradisiacal islands and found Bligh and 18 of his loyal crew members set adrift in a 23 foot open boat Bligh, who d served as Capt James Cook s sailing master, fantastically maneuvered the crew on a 48 day, 3,600 mile journey to safety Caroline Alexander, author of The
A really interesting read My main complaint was that one of the first chapters of the book details what happened to the mutineers after the mutiny, but I didn t know who any of them were yet since I hadn t read the part of the book that actually deals with the mutiny And then, after the bulk of the book has happened, the author doesn t revisit where the mutineers went with the boat and what life they lived before being picked up to answer for their crimes So randomly in the middle of the book, I had to go back and reread the first chapter, now that I knew who all the people were, so I could have answers to all my questions Why the author decided to tell the story completely out of order is beyond me It ruins the book, if you don t read out of order It was a really bad decision.
But the The ship was named the Bounty I was appointed to command her on the 16th of August 1787 William Bligh Mathematics, cartography and navigation were some of the skills needed to set out in sea in a square rigged vessel It could take a lifetime of training to acquire On December 23, 1787, sailing out of Portsmouth Harbor in Hampshire England was a ship called the HMS Bounty This is the exciting story of what happened on that ship and why In 1787, Sir Joseph Banks, botanist and president of the Royal Society of Science asked King George to undertake an botanical expedition to Tahiti and Jamaica He recommended William Bligh as Captain as he wanted to collect breadfruit trees for transportation The Commander William Bligh was born in Plymouth England He was a Royal Navy sailing master chief navigator by age 22 and served under Captain James Cook whom he worshiped However during the four year
The true hero is Bligh Ms Alexander brings out all the historical revisionism that has occurred since that era We tend to look at these ships Captains Bligh was actually a Lieutenant as tyrants Indeed they were but in the context of the era it was normal to insult and lash your sailors insubordination was simply not tolerated The ship was not a democracy of an exchange of ideas orders were orders Bligh used the lash much less frequently than other Captains.
The author depicts at the mutiny trial how the sailors of the lower classes were executed hung by the rope but three, who had upper class connections like Heywood, had the means to obtain a full pardon In a sense this is much like today most prisoners on death row are from economically depress