The Eventful History of the Mutiny and Piratical Seizure of H.M.S. Bounty

The Eventful History of the Mutiny and Piratical Seizure of H.M.S. Bounty

John Barrow Stephen Wentworth Roskill / Jul 19, 2019

The Eventful History of the Mutiny and Piratical Seizure of H M S Bounty Excerpt e arrival of the Gorgon at Spithead the prisoners were transferred to the Hector commanded by Captain the late Admiral Sir George Montague where they were treated with the greatest humanity

  • Title: The Eventful History of the Mutiny and Piratical Seizure of H.M.S. Bounty
  • Author: John Barrow Stephen Wentworth Roskill
  • ISBN: 9781443202435
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Paperback
  • Excerpt e arrival of the Gorgon at Spithead the prisoners were transferred to the Hector, commanded by Captain the late Admiral Sir George Montague, where they were treated with the greatest humanity, and every indulgence allowed that could with propriety be extended to men in their unhappy situation, until the period when they were to be arraigned before the compeExcerpt e arrival of the Gorgon at Spithead the prisoners were transferred to the Hector, commanded by Captain the late Admiral Sir George Montague, where they were treated with the greatest humanity, and every indulgence allowed that could with propriety be extended to men in their unhappy situation, until the period when they were to be arraigned before the competent authority, and put on their trials for mutiny and piracy, which did not take place until the month of September In this period of anxious and awful suspense, a most interesting correspondence was carried on between this unfortunate youth and his numerous friends, which exhibits the character of himself and the whole family in the most amiable and affectionate colours, and in a particular manner, of that adorable creature, his sister Nessy, who, in one of her letters, accounts for the peculiar warmth of her attachment and expressions by their being nearly of the same age, and engaged in the same pursuits, whether of study or amusement in their juvenile years The poor mother, on hearing of his arrival, thus addresses her unfortunate son

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      • John Barrow Stephen Wentworth Roskill

        Sir John Barrow, 1st Baronet, FRS, FRGS 19 June 1764 23 November 1848 was an English statesman.He was born the son of Roger Barrow in the village of Dragley Beck, in the parish of Ulverston, then in Lancashire, now in Cumbria He started in life as superintending clerk of an iron foundry at Liverpool and afterwards, in his twenties, taught mathematics at a private school in Greenwich.Through the interest of Sir George Leonard Staunton, to whose son he taught mathematics, he was attached on the first British embassy to China from 1792 94 as comptroller of the household to Lord Macartney He soon acquired a good knowledge of the Chinese language, on which he subsequently contributed interesting articles to the Quarterly Review and the account of the embassy published by Sir George Staunton records many of Barrow s valuable contributions to literature and science connected with China.Although Barrow ceased to be officially connected with Chinese affairs after the return of the embassy in 1794, he always took much interest in them, and on critical occasions was frequently consulted by the British government.In 1797 he accompanied Lord Macartney, as private secretary, in his important and delicate mission to settle the government of the newly acquired colony of the Cape of Good Hope Barrow was entrusted with the task of reconciling the Boer settlers and the native Black population and of reporting on the country in the interior On his return from his journey, in the course of which he visited all parts of the colony, he was appointed auditor general of public accounts He now decided to settle in South Africa, married Anna Maria Truter, and in 1800 bought a house in Cape Town But the surrender of the colony at the peace of Amiens 1802 upset this plan He returned to England in 1804, was appointed Second Secretary to the Admiralty by Viscount Melville, a post which he held for forty years, apart from a short period in 1806 07 when there was a Whig government in power.In particular, when Lord Grey took office as Prime Minister in 1830 Barrow was especially requested to remain in his post, starting the principle that senior civil servants stay in office on change of government and serve in a non partisan manner Indeed, it is during his occupancy of the post that it was renamed Permanent Secretary.He enjoyed the esteem and confidence of all the eleven chief lords who successively presided at the Admiralty board during that period, and especially of King William IV while lord high admiral, who honoured him with tokens of his personal regard.During his travels through South Africa, Barrow compiled copious notes and sketches of the countryside he was traversing The outcome of his journeys was a map which, despite its numerous errors, was the first published modern map of the southern parts of the Cape Colony William John Burchell 1781 1863 was particularly scathing As to the miserable thing called a map, which has been prefixed to Mr Barrow s quarto, I perfectly agree with Professor Lichtenstein, that it is so defective that it can seldom be found of any use In his position at the Admiralty, Barrow was a great promoter of Arctic voyages of discovery, including those of John Ross, William Edward Parry, James Clark Ross, and John Franklin The Barrow Strait in the Canadian Arctic as well as Point Barrow and the city of Barrow in Alaska are named after him He is reputed to have been the initial proposer of St Helena as the new place of exile for Napoleon Bonaparte following the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.Barrow was a fellow of the Royal Society, and in 1821 received the degree of LL.D from the University of Edinburgh A baronetcy was conferred on him by Sir Robert Peel in 1835 He was also a member of the Raleigh Club, a forerunner of the Royal Geographical Society.He retired from public life in 1845 and devoted himself to writing a history of the modern Arctic voyages of disco


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    1. I listened to this book in the Livrovox library. This is far from a boring dry read. It is an engrossing detail of the back story, the actions, and the aftermath of the Mutiny on the Bounty. I highly recommend this read. If you prefer to read rather than listen, this book is also available in the Gutenburg library.


    2. I listened to an audiobook of this and enjoyed it for the most part some were better readers than others. It was interesting to me the culture and civilization founded on Pitcairn island.


    3. Many accounts of the most well documented mutiny have been presented in both print and film but none can compare to The Eventful History and Piratical Seizure if H.M.S. Bounty: Its Causes and Consequences by John Barrow. This book presents a collection of written documents presented by all participants, before, during or after the court marshal in Portsmouth in 1792. It can’t be denied that Lieutenant William Bligh, captain of the H.M.S. Bounty, made a remarkable voyage and saved all of the lo [...]


    4. I enjoyed reading this book. The funny thing is that I did not know it was about a true story when I first started reading it and I just couldn't figure this while reading it. It was quite amusing the way it was written, in a ironic way. When I realised it was after a true story I was amased to see the judiciary system that existed in England 300 years ago.


    5. A fascinating read, in part because the author relies on primary and secondary sources rather than conjecture. He clearly expects his readers to contemplate all sides and decide for themselves what happened.


    6. I enjoyed learning about the interactions with the natives of Tahiti and the obstacles faced by the men traveling by sea. I had a little trouble keeping all the names straight. I got bored of chapter after chapter explaining the court martial and wished the book would end.



    7. A fascinating story, tragic at so many levels. I learnt that there is real danger in being passive. Peter Heywood almost hanged because he did not actively protect or obstruct the mutiny.


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