William Bligh at Camperdown
The author reviews the accounts of the battle, finding those in English less comprehensive than two in Dutch. He covers the prelude to the battle, from when the fleets put to sea until, following confusion on both sides and especially arising from Admiral Duncan’s signals, battle was joined. The complex course of the action is described clearly and in detail, illuminated by four diagrams drawn from a Dutch source. Captain Bligh’s, the best of the British captains’ logs, is quoted to show that Bligh was careful and thorough, understood signals and obeyed orders. He handled his ship with skill and his people dismasted de Winter’s flagship with their broadsides. An appendix tabulates the ships, men, guns and casualties.