Mutiny on the Globe: The Fatal Voyage of Samuel Comstock

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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2003 - Globe Mutiny, 1824 - 320 pages
Whilst sailing between Hawaii and Tahiti in January 1824, the captain and officers of the Nantucket whaling ship, the Globe, were attacked with whaling gear, shot and dumped overboard under the audacious direction of 21 year old Samuel Comstock, whose dream was to found his own tropical kingdom. This eventually led to his own violent death at the hands of his co-mutineers. Only a few members of the Globe's crew survived- two men who were rescued after years on a Pacific atoll, bizarrely spared after their fellows had been slaughtered by the native inhabitants, and a handful more who retook the ship and carried news of the mutiny to the US Navy. Escaping with the ship was George Comstock, Samuel's younger brother and a horrified eyewitness to his brother's murderous deeds. George's remarkable firsthand account, written upon his return to Nantucket, has never been published in full. This book presents portions of this account for the first time.

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I'm not sure what it was about this book that rubbed me the wrong way, but I just found it uninteresting and clunky. Lots of interesting material in the appendices, but the story just didn't seem to quite warrant the treatment. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Thomas Heffernan is a professor of English and president of the Melville Society. He is the author of Stove By a Whale- Owen Chase and the Essex, which was both inspiration and source for Nathaniel Philbrick's bestselling In the Heart of the Sea.

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