He subsequently returns to tahiti, and is eventually arrested and taken back to england to face a courtmartial. The eventful history of the mutiny and piratical seizure of hms bounty. Crew members of the hms bounty, including clark gable left as fletcher christian and charles laughton right. Bounty en homage, gordon lightfoot, for his powerful and hauntingly beautiful. It was renamed after being purchased by the royal navy for.
Harper perennial 2004 isbn 0 00 653246 2 for further information. Byam, although not one of the mutineers, remains with the bounty after the mutiny. A 1960 reconstruction of hms bounty his majestys armed vessel hmav bounty, or hms bounty, was built in 1784 at the blaydes shipyard in hull, yorkshire as a collier named bethia. Mutiny on the hms bounty three weeks into a journey from tahiti to the west indies, the hms bounty is seized in a mutiny led by fletcher christian, the masters mate. Wreck of hms bounty adamstown, pitcairn islands atlas. Hms bounty casualty claimed tie to mutinous fletcher. Claudene christian perished in the tragic sinking monday of a replica hms bounty, after the ship went down in hurricane sandyswept seas. This is probably the most famous nautical mutiny in history, having been the subject of countless books and three bigbudget movies one in 1935, one in 1962, one in 1984, and the term captain bligh has passed into our language as a synonym for a tyrannical, overbearing authority. The mutiny on hms bounty, in the south pacific on 28 april 1789, is one of historys great epics and in the hands of peter fitzsimons it comes to life as never before. See book recommendations for more information about this book. The bestselling author of the endurance reveals the startling truth beh. The history of the bounty is told in detail in part i of this book. The novel tells the story through a fictional firstperson narrator by the name of roger byam, based on a crew member peter heywood.
Commissioned by the royal navy to collect breadfruit plants from tahiti and take them to the west indies, the bountys crew found themselves in a tropical paradise. On tahiti, the crew enjoyed an idyllic life, reveling in the comfortable climate, lush surroundings and the famous hospitality of the tahitians. Redirected from hmav bounty jump to navigation jump to search. Mutiny on the bounty, romantic novel by charles nordhoff and james norman hall, published in 1932. To begin with, captain bligh wasnt even a captain during the famous 1789 bounty voyage but only a commanding lieutenant. Mutiny on the bounty by peter fitzsimons 9780733634116. Complete summary of james norman hall, charles nordhoffs mutiny on the bounty. The incredible truth about a ship that never should. Mutiny on board hms bounty by william bligh nook book.
Under the leadership of fletcher christian most of the crew mutinied soon. Hms bounty, also known as hm armed vessel bounty, was a small merchant vessel that the. She had claimed a a family tie to fletcher christian. Mutiny on the bounty by peter fitzsimons, 9781472128973. With this and her previous book, the endurance, she has made the wondrous. Overview on 28th april 1789 a small and unremarkable merchant vessel became one of the most famous ships in maritime history.
Hms bounty was under the command of 34yearold lieutenant william bligh, an inexperienced commander who lacked the respect of a crew attracted to the promise of an easy life in a tahitian paradise. On this day 225 years ago, the men of the crew of the hms bounty launched a mutiny against captain william bligh three weeks after sailing from tahiti. The crew of the hms bounty, led by fletcher christian, mutinied in the friendly islands in the south seas, sailing for the pitcairn islands on april 28, 1789. The events of the voyage are well known and i would recommend the bounty the true story of the mutiny on the bounty by caroline alexander. The true story of the mutiny on the bounty alexander, caroline on. On april 28, 1789 a small and unremarkable merchant vessel became one of the most famous ships in maritime history. In april of 1789, captain william bligh lost control of his ship in one of the most famous mutinies in history. The true story of the mutiny on the bounty telegraph. He and several other members of the crew are eventually acquitted.
This list contains the 46 crew and officers of the hms bounty when it left england in 1787 under the command of captain bligh. The true story of the mutiny on the bounty by caroline. Buy a discounted hardcover of mutiny on the bounty online from australias leading. Two hundred and twentyfive years ago today, on april 28, 1789, 20 men of the british warship hms bounty mutinied against their captain, william bligh, and took over the ship. The hms bounty was just a small merchant vessel on its way to tahiti to collect. Claudene christian, captain robin walbridge, and the h. There was also no such ship as hms bountyas the bountywas an armed auxiliary vessel and thus should be referred to as hmav bounty his majestys armed vessel bounty. Coast guard on the night of sunday, october 28, 2012, coast guard lieutenant wes mcintosh and the crew of. For a full month, the crew attempted to take the ship west, around south. For other ships or uses of the same name, see bounty disambiguation. Mutiny on board hms bounty adlard coles maritime classics 9781472907219. The crew of the hms bounty, led by fletcher christian, mutinied in the friendly islands in the. The mutiny on hms bounty, in the south pacific on 28 april 1789, is one of historys great. Refloat the hms bounty, history story update let the bounty set sail once again in mr,christains last words were, the bounty can be refloated she.
The men of hms bounty, sent from england in search of breadfruit two years earlier. Caroline alexander points out in her 2003 book the bounty that bligh was. Still, they made it to tahiti, where the crew stayed for five months. His interest lies in the historical efforts to demonize bligh, who was often. Mutiny on the bounty novel by hall and nordhoff britannica.1590 1609 1442 905 547 1250 547 1521 524 489 1022 1276 1264 970 1547 731 1017 530 906 203 1123 451 1354 948 467 1377 1151 878 668 1349 532 1366 402 692 1379 968 1343 685 874 264