The Log of HMS Bounty 1787-1789
No longer available
- ISBN: 0904351009
- Collector edition: 450 copies
Contributors: Lord Mountbatten
Binding: 1/4 leather with gilt tooling and speckled page edges
Box: Buckram slipcase
After receiving permission to publish the hand-written account of the voyage of the Bounty from the manuscript held in The Public Record Office in London, the embryonic Genesis got a further boost when the late Lord Mountbatten agreed to write the Foreword. The then Admiral of the Fleet kindly went on to write three more Forewords to subsequent Genesis titles.
The story of the Bounty is well-known. During the ship's five month stay in Tahiti there was a slackening of discipline on this sensuous and relaxing tropical island - this 'paradise of the world' as Bligh himself called it - and was accompanied by a good deal of womanising.
Back at sea the bullying Bligh trying to compensate for his lack of authority on land caused anger and resentments to boil over. Fletcher Christian and his accomplices mutinied and cast Bligh and eighteen crew members adrift, poorly provisioned, in a small launch. The resulting 3,600 mile voyage to safety through largely unchartered seas is one of the greatest feats of navigation, seamanship and leadership ever recorded. It is vividly documented in THE VOYAGE OF THE BOUNTY LAUNCH by John Fryer, the Master of the Bounty. The Mutiny is further detailed in THE MUTINOUS SEIZURE OF THE BOUNTY.