Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Mutiny on the Bounty

The story of the mutiny on the Bounty in the 18th century has long been one that has fascinated people. There's something for everyone, the drama of shipboard life, the tension between Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian, the mutiny itself of course, and then the aftermath of it. The mutineers retreated to a deserted island with their Tahitian followers, there to live a rather violent Robinson Crusoe sort of life, and Captain Bligh and those loyal to him embarked on one of the great sea voyages of history, navigating several thousand miles across the Pacific in an open ships boat. (Left, Captain Bligh, standing, played by Charles Laughton in the 1935 movie version.)

This topic was brought up by noticing a new book on the Bounty in that new books section on the bottom of the library home page, where the cover images rotate through. We do have other materials related to the Bounty in our catalog, and article databases like Historical Abstracts would be good as well. You could even try looking in our microfilm of the Times of London for period stories about the episode!

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