Author(s): Edward Christian
On an April morning in 1789 near the island of Tonga, William Bligh and eighteen surly seamen were expelled from the Bounty and began the greatest open-boat voyage in history, sailing some 4,000 miles to safety in Timor. The mutineers, led by Fletcher Christian, sailed off in the Bounty and were never heard of again. Contains: the full text of Bligh's Narrative of the Mutiny, the minutes of the court proceedings gathered by Edward Christian in an effort to clear his brother's name, and the correspondence between Bligh and Christian, and a selection of later Bounty narratives.
"Highly recommended . . . Anyone interested in the Bounty mutiny should own this book."
William Bligh (1754-1817) was an English admiral and master of the H. M. S. Bounty. Edward Christian (1758-1823) was the elder brother of Fletcher Christian, the leader of the mutiny. R. D. Madison is Professor of English at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. He has edited several volumes of military and naval history, including the Penguin Classics edition of Thomas Wentworth Higginson's 'Army Life in a Black Regiment and Other Writings'.