Bligh’s Notes on Cook’s Last Voyage

By Lieutenant-Commander Rupert T. Gould, published November 1928

Abstract

The Admiralty library contains a copy of the original 1784 three volume account of Cook’s third voyage annotated by William Bligh, Master of the Resolution. All Bligh’s notes are quoted as far as they are legible despite deterioration of the pencilled entries and later re- binding with loss of some page edges. Bligh’s English and spelling are idiosyncratic and his script easy to misread. Short extracts of the text and comments by the author are included to contextualise the individual notes most of which correct or contest statements in the text, particularly those of Captain James King or subsequent editors.

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Filed under: James Cook | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Science & Exploration

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