Archive Results For: Mutiny & Discipline

Book Review-‘Chasing the ‘Bounty’: The voyages of the ‘Pandora’ and the ‘Matavy’’ by D. A. Maxton (ed.)

By James Walters

The story of the Bounty and its problematic ‘green grocery trip’ between 1787 and 1790, has long fascinated authors and historians. Over time, the truth behind the story has sadly become bogged down by a mixture of myth and fiction. The sheer number of plays, films, documentaries, radio programmes, books and news articles are almost […] Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Book Review-‘Order and Disorder in the British Navy, 1793–1815: Control, resistance, flogging and hanging’ by T. Malcomson

By Richard Wilson

Despite the title, this book concentrates almost entirely on the War of 1812 as it took place on the American Atlantic seaboard, the Great Lakes, and the Caribbean. The 1797 mutinies at Spithead and the Nore spurred the Admiralty into enforcement of centralized and bureaucratic controls over the commanders of naval fleets and stations, some […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | War of 1812 | Mutiny & Discipline
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

Book Review-‘Prisoners of War at Dartmoor: American and French soldiers and sailors in an English prison during the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812’ by T. James

By Janet Macdonald

Although not written with naval historians in mind, this book on the early days and inmates of Dartmoor Prison holds much of interest for them, relating both to the Napoleonic War and the War of 1812. The author was born near the prison and spent the last ten years of his working life there, producing […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | War of 1812 | Mutiny & Discipline
Subjects include: Administration

Book Review – ‘Lascars and Indian Ocean Seafaring, 1780- 1860: Shipboard life, unrest and mutiny’ by Derek Massarella

By Derek Massarella

In his introduction, Aaron Jaffer recapitulates the extensive secondary sources on lascar crews serving on British shipping. The author intends to contribute to this corpus by focusing on cases of mutiny, defined as the ‘violent takeover of a single ship by her crew’ (p. 17), a neglected aspect of lascar history, in order to shed […] Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Eighteenth Century | Nineteenth Century | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines

Book Review-‘Innocent on the ‘Bounty’: The court-martial and pardon of Midshipman Peter Heywood, in letters’ by D. A. Maxton and R. E. Du Rietz (eds)

By Grahame Aldous

It is the ambiguity of the characters and their behaviour that gives the story of the mutiny on the Bounty such great, undiminishing interest. The various parties do not easily divide into right and wrong, good and bad, and attempts to do so, whether in fictional or partial contemporary accounts, need to be treated with […] Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea

Book Review-‘The Wager Disaster: Mayhem, mutiny and murder in the South Seas’ by C. H. Layman

By Katherine Parker

In this engaging book Rear Admiral C. H. Layman brings his naval erudition and years of research to bear on one of the most fascinating and macabre episodes in all of maritime history: the Wager disaster. Layman brings primary sources, contemporary accounts, modern experts and his own editing skills together to offer a carefully curated […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Archaeology | Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea | Science & Exploration

‘Your Dutiful Nephew’: Thomas Denman Ledward (1766–1789/90), acting surgeon of the Bounty

By Pieter van der Merwe

The surviving family letters of, and relating to, Thomas Denman Ledward, acting surgeon in HM armed vessel Bounty, have never been fully researched before. They are used here as the basis for constructing his brief biography. It provides a case study of the chances that could launch an eighteenth-century naval medical career (and tragically terminate it), […] Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Eighteenth Century | Health at Sea
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea

Note: Student Strikebreakers: The 1934 West Coast waterfront strikes and the SS Mariposa

By Douglas Sprague

The West Coast strike by longshoremen which affected all shipping was broken by students from college or university. This is a personal account of the cruise of SS Mariposa, crewed by student strikebreakers. Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Twentieth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines

Note: ‘To Sett Downe All the Villainie’: accounts of the sodomy trial on the fourth East India Company Voyage (1609)

By Cheryl Fury

A reconciliation of the accounts of this most unusual trial for sodomy on board a merchant ship, which reveals a great deal about shipboard life in the early seventeenth century. Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines

Note: Death of a Seaman: The murder trial of two master mariners

By iain Rodger

This account of the trial for murder of two master mariners who were involved in the drowning of a drunken cook is seen in the light of verdicts in other cases of insubordination in the merchant service. Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines

Social Politics and the Midshipmen’s Mutiny, Portsmouth 1791

By S. A. Cavell

In 1791 Thomas Leonard, a midshipman assigned to duty aboard HMS Saturn, refused to subject himself to the masthead punishment ordered by his First Lieutenant and triggered a series of events that came to be known as the Midshipmen’s Mutiny. The incident involved the young gentlemen of the Channel Fleet and made visible a break […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

The Nature of the Bounty Mutiny: An Attempt at Definition

By Rolf E DuRietz

Re-assesses the already well documented incident with the emphasis on Fletcher Christian’s involvement and leadership in the mutiny. Significant previous research is comprehensively listed. The author concentrates on the seven categories that define the cause, origin, actual/anticipated success, determinants of the selected course of action, course of events, consequences and nature of the rebellion. The […] Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

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