After the Bounty

A Sailor's Account of the Mutiny, and Life in the South Seas

James Morrison

In this journal Boatswain's Mate James Morrison recounts the Royal Navy ship HMS Bounty's 1787 voyage and the ensuing mutiny, providing an invaluable resource for naval historians and an enthralling tale for the general reader.
Publication date:
November 2022
Publisher :
Potomac Books, Inc.
Language:
English
Format Available     Quantity Price
Paperback
ISBN : 9781597973724

Dimensions : 229 X 159 mm
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£22.99

Overview
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• Is an invaluable resource for naval historians

In 1787 the Royal Navy ship HMS 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, Boatswain's Mate James Morrison recounts the Bounty's voyage, placing considerable blame for the mutiny on Bligh's irascible personality and style of command. This event, however, only introduces Morrison's remarkable journey through the South Seas. A born storyteller, Morrison pens compelling tales of the time after the mutiny, beginning with ringleader Fletcher Christian's two 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 the island and its way of life. He tells of the subsequent arrival of HMS 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 Pandora sinks on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, where thirty-one of the crew and four prisoners perished. Although Morrison did not actively participate in the Bounty insurrection, he had remained with Fletcher Christian's party, which was enough evidence for his eventual condemnation. While imprisoned, Morrison began composing his journal. King George III granted a pardon, and soon after his release, Morrison 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 and cultural historians and an enthralling tale for the general reader.