William Bligh (1754-1817) was an officer of the British Royal Navy and a colonial administrator eventually rising in rank to Vice Admiral. During his command of the "Bounty" in 1789, a notorious mutiny occurred. William Bligh and eighteen of his loyal seamen were expelled from the "Bounty" onto a small boat and began the greatest open-boat voyage in history, sailing some 4,000 miles to protection in Timor. The mutineers, led by Fletcher Christian, sailed off with the "Bounty" in other pursuits. "Mutiny on the Bounty" is a collection of early detailed documents of the voyage of the "Bounty". Largely in part to the effort of Bligh to maintain an accurate log before, during, and after the actual mutiny, even the Bounty's crew list is well chronicled. Bligh returned to Britain and reported the mutiny to the Admiralty two years and two and a half months after leaving England.
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- Title page
- LIST OF THE PLATES
- CHAPTER I. Plan of the Expedition.-Outfit and Occurrences to the time of leaving England.-Description of the Breadfruit.
- CHAPTER II. Departure from England. Arrival at Teneriffe.-Sail from thence.-Arrival off Cape Horn.-Severity of the Weather.-Obliged to bear away for the Cape of Good Hope.-1787. December. Sunday 23.
- CHAPTER III. Passage towards the Cape of Good Hope and Search after Tristan da Cunha.-Arrival at False Bay.-Occurrences there.-Reports concerning the Grosvenor's People.-Departure from the Cape.-1788. April. Friday 25.
- CHAPTER IV. Passage towards Van Diemen's Land.-Make the Island of St. Paul.-Arrival in Adventure Bay.-Natives seen.-Sail from Van Diemen's Land.-1788. July.
- CHAPTER V. Rocky Islands discovered.-See the Island Maitea and arrive at Otaheite.-Ship crowded by the Natives.-1788. September.
- CHAPTER VI. Account of an English Ship lately sailed from Otaheite.-Death of Omai.-Captain Cook's Picture sent on board.-Otoo visits the Ship.-His Visit returned.-Natives well disposed towards us.-Account of the Cattle left by Captain Cook.-Breadfruit pla1788. October. Sunday 26.
- CHAPTER VII. A theft committed.-Deception of the painted Head.-Conversation with a Priest.-A Wrestling Match.-Reports of the Natives concerning other Islands.-Some Account of Omai.-1788. November. Monday 3.
- CHAPTER VIII. Expedition to Tettaha after a Heifer.-Extraordinary domestic Arrangements.-Tinah's Mother visits the Ship.-A Sheep brought from Ulietea.-Heavy Storm.-Death of the Surgeon.-Taowne and Toahroah Harbours examined.
- CHAPTER IX. A Walk into the Country.-The Peeah Roah.-Prevailed on by the Kindness of the Chiefs to defer our Departure.-Breadfruit Plants collected.-Move the Ship to Toahroah Harbour.-Fishing.-Three of the Ship's Company desert.-Indiscretion of our PeopleTinah proposes to visit England.
- CHAPTER X. The Ship's Cable cut in the Night.-Coolness with the Chiefs on that Account.-Visit to an old Lady.-Disturbance at a Heiva.-Tinah's Hospitality.-A Thief taken and punished.-Preparations for sailing.
- CHAPTER XI. Arrival of an Arreoy Woman from Tethuroa.-A Present delivered by Tinah for his Majesty.-Other Occurrences to the Time of the Ship's Departure from Otaheite.
- CHAPTER XII. At the Island Huaheine.-A Friend of Omai visits the Ship.-Leave the Society Islands.-A Water-spout.-The Island Whytootackee discovered.-Anchor in Annamooka Road.-Our Parties on Shore robbed by the Natives.-Sail from Annamooka.-The Chiefs detaPart friendly.
- CHAPTER XIII. A Mutiny in the Ship.
- CHAPTER XIV. Proceed in the Launch to the Island Tofoa.-Difficulty in obtaining Supplies there.-Treacherous Attack of the Natives.-Escape to Sea and bear away for New Holland.
- CHAPTER XV. Passage towards New Holland.-Islands discovered in our Route.-Our great Distresses.-See the Reefs of New Holland and find a Passage through them.
- CHAPTER XVI. Progress to the Northward along the Coast of New Holland.-Land on different Islands in search of Supplies.
- CHAPTER XVII. Passage from New Holland to the Island Timor.-Arrive at Coupang.-Reception there.
- CHAPTER XVIII. At Coupang.
- CHAPTER XIX. From Timor to Batavia.
- CHAPTER XX. Occurrences at Batavia and Passage thence to England.