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Captain Bligh's Portable Nightmare: From the Bounty to Safety--4,162 Miles Across the Pacific in a Rowing Boat

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At dawn on April 28, 1789, Captain William Bligh and eighteen men from HMS Bounty were herded onto a twenty-three-foot launch and abandoned in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Thus began their extraordinary journey to Java. Covering 4,162 miles, the small boat was battered by continuous storms, and the men on board suffered crippling illness, near starvation, and attacks b ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 2nd 2000 by Harper
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Will Byrnes
Captain Bligh. The name itself has come down to us as a paradigm of what is worst in a sea captain. Pettiness, cruelty, an obsessive, controlling nature. Not so fast. Did you know that Bligh was one of the most gifted navigators of his time, that he was the Master on Captain Cook’s flagship, that he was present when Cook was hacked to bits and (probably) eaten by Hawaiian natives? Did you know that aboard the Bounty was an officer who so resented Bligh’s captaincy, because of the absence of one ...more
Ape
Dec 10, 2014 Ape rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2007 bookcrossing journal:

This was such an interesting book although honestly I felt a bit ignorant because I didnt really know about the Mutiney on the Bounty, hadn't heard of Captain Bligh, and I didn't even know how Captain Cook had died before I started reading this book!

It's listed as biography, but really it only deals with one period in Captain Bligh's life - basically what happened to those who were kicked off the ship on the Mutiney on the Bounty. So it follows those 19 sailors stuck in
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Mark
Mar 08, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it
John Toohey takes the familiar Mutiny on the Bounty story and invests it with surprising psychological depth and pathos, weaving the personal conflicts of Captain Bligh and individual crew members through the larger narrative of their horrific survival story. Mutineers took over the Bounty in the middle of the South Pacific, setting Bligh and a few loyal crewmen adrift in a barely seaworthy lifeboat with scant rations and almost no fresh water. Bligh and his quarrelsome men then made a ...more
Gerry
Oct 01, 2011 Gerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of Bligh and his colleagues in their open boat as they navigated across the Pacific once they had been thrown off the Bounty.

A gripping tale that sees with Bligh back in England, standing trial and then going on to greater things and ending with his praticipation in the Battle of Copenhagen.

He comes across as a caring man, even though his shipmates who travelled with him for 4,162 miles sometimes give him grief and apportion some blame to him. All through this nightmare voyage he chart
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Will
Aug 20, 2011 Will rated it really liked it
I usualy don`t like books based in the 17th century or beyond, and find it hard to read however this book was different. I was ingulfed in this book in the first chapter that explained the exciting tales of the exploration of the Pacific Islands and Australia and how Captain Cook died. This book then goes on to describe the mutiny of William and his crew which leads to one of the greatest survival stories in oceanic exploration history. I loved this book and I would recomend it to those who love ...more
Alan Hughes
Jul 25, 2012 Alan Hughes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, history
This was a well written book which describes the history of Captain Bligh and his nightmarish journey. Its descriptions of the difficulties of these men were excellent and brought the episode vividly to life. It also completely changed my view of Captain Bligh. I had a set of impressions based in the film "Mutiny on the Bounty" which I now know to be largely inaccurate.
Wanda
Nov 05, 2014 Wanda marked it as to-read
Recommended to Wanda by: Will Byrnes
5 NOV 2014 - spied on Will's update. Will writes a very good review here:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

Enjoy!

Tom
Jan 24, 2014 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book that has been well researched and written, puts to rest some of the more extreme views people had about him without denying the more prickly side of his personality.
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