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

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2010 - History - 270 pages
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 s" voyage 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 "Bounty" mutiny, 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 "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 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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Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part OneTHE MUTINY AND THE SUBSEQUENT MISFORTUNES OF THE MUTINEERS
LOCAL WARFARE
SAILING THE RESOLUTION
ISLAND NEWS
INVESTITURE OF THE YOUNG KING WITH SACRIFICES
ESCAPING FROM PANDORAS Box
TORTURE ON A TINY ISLAND
A LONG AGONIZING VOYAGE TO SAFETY
THE RESOLUTION IS FOUND
A HELLISH PORT
RETURNING HOME ON AN ENGLISH SHIP
Part TwoAN ACCOUNT OF THE ISLAND OF TAHITI AND THE CUSTOMS OF THE ISLANDERS
Glossary of Nautical Terms

THE PANDORA APPEARS
A LONG IMPRISONMENT BEGINS
THE RESOLUTION VANISHES
DISASTER ON THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
Bibliography
Index
About the Editor
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