The Bounty Mutiny
The names William Bligh, Fletcher Christian, and the Bounty have excited the popular imagination for more than two hundred years. The story of this famous mutiny has many beginnings and many endings but they all intersect on an April morning in 1789 near the island known today as Tonga. That morning, William Bligh and eighteen surly seamen were expelled from the Bounty and began what would be the greatest open-boat voyage in history, sailing some 4,000 miles to safety in Timor. The mutineers led by Fletcher Christian sailed off into a mystery that has never been entirely resolved.
While the full story of what drove the men to revolt or what really transpired during the struggle may never be known, Penguin Classics has brought together-for the first time in one volume-all the relevant texts and documents related to a drama that has fascinated generations. Here is the full text of Bligh's Narrative of the Mutiny, the minutes of the court proceedings gathered by Edward Christian in an effort to clear his brother's name, and the highly polemic correspondence between Bligh and Christian-all amplified by Robert Madison's illuminating Introduction and rich selection of subsequent Bounty narratives.
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Review: Mutiny on the Bounty (Adventure Classics)User Review - Michelle Lynn - Goodreads
This is the original manuscript desribing the events of The Bounty. Now, I would love to read a fictionalized version! Read full review
WILLIAM COLE BOATSWAIN of the BOUNTY deposed
Mr PECKOVER the GUNNER of the BOUNTY sworn
MR HAYWARD sworn
Mr HALLETs Evidence
LIST OF PROOFS
A Short Reply c
IN THE SOCIETY ISLANDS
IN THE SOCIETY ISLANDS
PITCAIRNS ISLANDTHE BOUNTYS CREW
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