Mutiny on Board HMS Bounty

By William Bligh
Read by Bernard Mayes

8.28 Hours 12/01/1998 unabridged
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In 1787, William Bligh, commander of the Bounty, sailed under Captain Cook on a voyage to Tahiti to collect plants of the breadfruit tree, with a view to acclimatizing the species to the West Indies. During their six-month stay on the island, his men became completely demoralized and mutinied on the return voyage. But a resentful crew, coupled with ravaging storms and ruthless savages, proved to be merely stages leading up to the anxiety-charged ordeal to come. Bligh, along with eighteen men, was cast adrift in an open boat only twenty-three feet long with a small stock of provisions—and without a chart. His narrative, deeply personal yet objective, documents the voyage and Bligh’s relationship to his men, thereby exposing the oft debated question of what kind of man he really was.

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In 1787, William Bligh, commander of the Bounty, sailed under Captain Cook on a voyage to Tahiti to collect plants of the breadfruit tree, with a view to acclimatizing the species to the West Indies. During their six-month stay on the island, his men became completely demoralized and mutinied on the return voyage. But a resentful crew, coupled with ravaging storms and ruthless savages, proved to be merely stages leading up to the anxiety-charged ordeal to come. Bligh, along with eighteen men, was cast adrift in an open boat only twenty-three feet long with a small stock of provisions—and without a chart.

His narrative, deeply personal yet objective, documents the voyage and Bligh’s relationship to his men, thereby exposing the oft debated question of what kind of man he really was.

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Author Bio: William Bligh

William Bligh (1754-1817) was an officer of the British Royal Navy and a colonial administrator eventually rising in rank to vice admiral. During his command of the Bounty in 1789, a notorious mutiny occurred. William Bligh and eighteen of his loyal seamen were expelled from the Bounty onto a small boat and began the greatest open-boat voyage in history, sailing some 4,000 miles to protection in Timor. Bligh returned to Britain and reported the mutiny to the Admiralty two years and two and a half months after leaving England.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 8.28
Audience: Adult
Language: English