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

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Hardback 270 Pages / Published: 30/11/2009
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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.

Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
ISBN: 9781597973717
Number of pages: 270
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 230 x 150 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Editor Maxton .Has done an excellent job in preparing Morrison s works for publication, and supplemented them with a valuable commentary, which makes "After the Bounty" a good read for anyone interested in life at sea in the age of sail or the history and culture of the South Seas.
Recommended.
For anyone interested in the "Bounty" saga, this volume is a most worthwhile addition to the extant non-fiction reading currently available.
[This book] can be expected to add richly and pervasively to general knowledge of that historically and historiographically conspicuous incident.
It s a curiously, entertaining and instructive for age-of-fighting-sail or Herman Melville enthusiasts.
[Morrison s] stories of adventure after the "Bounty" mutiny makes for a powerful historical journal packed with nautical adventure and perfect for any nautical history library.
"After the Bounty" makes a most important contribution to the literature of the "Bounty" saga. Through its publication, Morrison s enlightening account of the "Bounty" mutiny becomes available to the general public for the first time in three quarters of a century. This book is a must have for any "Bounty" literature library.
What a monumental undertaking! Donald Maxton s passion and perseverance in pursuing his goal is topped only by his impeccable scholarship and thorough knowledge of his subject. Kudos and Huzzah for Otaheite and for Maxton!
At long last we have here a complete Everyman s Morrison, prepared by an established, devoted authority on the "Bounty", and for the first time making available to a wider audience a readable and useful modern version of one of the great classic sources to our knowledge not only of the "Bounty" affair but also of late eighteenth-century Polynesia.
Written with a novelist s eye for detail, a participant s firsthand knowledge, and a literate seaman s plain-spoken clarity, pardoned mutineer James Morrison s account of the "Bounty" mutiny and its aftermath is an engrossing illustration of humanity at its best and worst. A true seafaring odyssey, "After the Bounty" leaves the reader with the sense of being present at the events described it superbly conveys the rich reality of life at sea, the strident clash of cultures, and the exceptional experiences that change, and even end, lives. Above all, the journal is an extraordinary look at the complexity of human behavior, an intimate, sympathetic account of the Tahitian people, and a reminder of the epic dangers and discoveries that make adventure what it is.
Donald Maxton has brought James Morrison out of the shadows by publishing for the first time an accessible edition of his lively and absorbing journal, one of the treasures of the Mitchell Library, Sydney. The journal is a primary source for the "Bounty" story and the only contemporaneous account of events after the mutiny. This publication is an essential work for all those interested in the world of William Bligh, Fletcher Christian and the Tahitians before the onslaught of the Europeans.

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