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A Voyage to the South Sea, including an account of the mutiny on board


by
William Bligh

 

"Just before sun-rising, while I was yet asleep, Mr. Christian, with the master at arms, gunner's mate, and Thomas Burkitt, seaman, came into my cabin, and seizing me tied my hands with a cord behind my back, threatening me with instant death if I spoke or made the least noise."

Published in 1792


A protege of Cook as a young man and of Nelson as an officer, Bligh served throughout Great Britain's imperial ascendancy. The story of the Bounty offers a look at the seedier side of imperialism: a voyage undertaken to support the slave trade; an mutiny against a reasonably just captain; sailors revelling in the freedom of the South Pacific. Bligh's first hand account tells his side of the famous mutiny, and also recounts one of history's great small boat voyages, as he pilots himself and crew to safety across 3600 miles in the Bounty's launch.


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