Some Remarks about the Mutiny of the “Bounty”

By D. Bonner Smith, published May 1936


The article questions the accuracy of a number of written accounts and film presentations of the voyage and mutiny and of Bligh’s character. Many contain much uncritical borrowing from elsewhere. Evidence from Bligh’s earlier and later career, reception on return to England, promotion to post Captain and appointment to command a second expedition is assessed. Visits to Tahiti by several other ships are mentioned and Pandora’s Sailing Orders are quoted. Full account is given of Court Martial of mutineers including actions on behalf of Heywood and legal opinions on case of Muspratt.

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

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