Captain Bligh and Mr Christian: The Men and Mutiny

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Richard Alexander Hough was a British author and historian specializing in naval history As a child, he was obsessed with making model warships and collecting information about navies around the world In 1941, he joined the Royal Air Force and trained at a flying school near Los Angeles He flew Hurricanes and Typhoons and was wounded in action After World War II, Hough worked as a part time de

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  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • Captain Bligh and Mr Christian: The Men and Mutiny
  • Richard Hough
  • English
  • 24 February 2018
  • 9781557502308

10 thoughts on “Captain Bligh and Mr Christian: The Men and Mutiny

  1. says:

    Beautifully written, the narrative keeps pace with the tumultuous events and the often mundane existence aboard an ocean going vessel A lot of the apocrypha surrounding the Captain is thankfully dispersed and replaced by a much humane and credible account.

  2. says:

    Captain Bligh Fletcher Christian Their names are forever linked and neither man would like that fact, albeit for different reasons The two men, both late of His Majesty s Armed Vessel Bounty, are the two great antagonists in history s most notorious mutiny an event that, 228 years later, has lost none of its power to fascinate Yet the popular historical novels and big budget Hollywood movies that have purported to tell the true story of what happened aboard H.M.A.V Bounty on 28 April 1789 may actually have gotten a great deal wrong, as Richard Hough makes clear in his book Captain Bligh and Mister Christian.Hough, a veteran naval historian of the salt water in the veins school, is well suited to the task of stripping away the encrusted layers of myth that have gathered, barnacle like, about the Bounty saga As a sailor himself, he sailed the Cape Horn waters where the Bounty took such a beating, watched the skyline of Rarotonga loom out of the morning maze as Christian now the lonely mutineer had seen it, made my choppy way into Bounty Bay, Pitcairn Island Matavai Bay, and visited in a launch little bigger than Bligh s a number of the islands inside the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland p 282 The fact that Hough has sailed the same waters that Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian and the rest of the Bounty officers and crew sailed gives Captain Bligh and Mister Christian an extra degree of authority.Part of the problem that Hough faced in writing Captain Bligh and Mister Christian is that the story of the Bounty mutiny contains so many archetypal, even mythic, storytelling elements a long sea voyage a fabled and mysterious island that constitutes a veritable earthly paradise a passionate love story an epic conflict between two forceful personalities that it all but invites embellishment.And much embellishment has indeed occurred down the years After all, the text that many readers would assume is the definitive recounting of the Bounty saga Mutiny on the Bounty 1932 , by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall is not a history, but rather a historical novel, one that invents characters and telescopes events as the novelists needs dictate It is a fine and exciting novel but to assume that it provides an accurate documentary style recounting of the Bounty mutiny seems to me rather like looking to Cervantes Don Quixote for the factual low down on Spanish knighthood.All the fortunate, therefore, that Hough s Captain Bligh and Mister Christian, a non fiction book written 40 years after the Nordhoff Hall novel, eschews myth and adheres strictly to the known facts of the Bounty mutiny Hough provides a sensible and logical setting forth of how a series of decisions by many people including, but not restricted to, Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian led, almost inevitably, to the mutiny.One of those key decisions related to the Bounty s anomalous mission to retrieve breadfruit plants from Tahiti and transport them to Jamaica, in order to see if breadfruit could be used as a staple food for enslaved people on Jamaican plantations Because the Bounty was to be crowded with as much breadfruit as it could possibly fit, There could certainly be no accommodation for any Royal Marines either for punitive measures ashore or to give edge to the captain s authority on board p 48 Consider the significance of that one decision Royal Marines on board the Bounty would almost certainly have ensured that no mutiny could have occurred.Movie fans who are used to Charles Laughton s scenery chewing villainy from the 1935 Mutiny on the Bounty film may be surprised to find that the Captain Bligh they meet here is defined largely in terms of his skill and facility as a naval officer Indeed, Bligh emerges in the pages of this book as a progressive minded naval officer with a laudable concern for the welfare of his men When, for example, the Bounty is navigating the cold waters around Tasmania, preparing for the journey north toward Tahiti, Bligh concerns himself with his men s health and diet, ensures that they are kept warm and dry inspects them daily for cleanliness, keeps them fit with compulsory dancing performs divine service on Sundays p 78 Nothing could be further from the popular image of the sadistic Captain Bligh with the cat of nine tails ever at the ready.But the Bounty spent a lot of time in Tahiti, as the protracted and time consuming task of collecting the breadfruit and preparing it for transport went forward It was five long, languorous months in paradise, with many of the ship s men forming passionate attachments with Tahitian women and it seemed to affect everyone on board the Bounty Once the Bounty had finally left Tahiti and was making its way westward toward the completion of its mission, Bligh, in Hough s opinion, was angry at the state of the ship and the slackness of the officers and men p 273 and his expression of that anger toward his officers, and particularly toward Fletcher Christian, led Fletcher Christian a weak, moody, temperamental and sentimental young man who had been promoted above his ability p 275 first to consider leaving the Bounty in a raft, and then to lead the mutiny that gave both him and Captain Bligh their place in history.Even Captain Bligh s strongest detractors have always had to acknowledge the extraordinary nature of Bligh s achievement in leading the successful open boat voyage of the Bounty s launch some 3,500 nautical miles from near Tofua, in modern day Tonga, to Dutch held Coupang, now part of Indonesia Why, then, is Captain Bligh remembered in popular imagination as the sadistic ogre from the Nordhoff Hall novel, or from the 1935 and 1962 film adaptations of Mutiny on the Bounty The answer, in Hough s estimation, has everything to do with the socioeconomic class system of late 18th century England Captain Bligh was from a respectable but middling background, while mutineers Fletcher Christian and Peter Heywood were gentlemen of higher social station, from families that had the power and influence necessary to influence how the British public saw the Bounty mutiny Public opinion in England in the late eighteenth century was a very small and very sensitive barometer, just as those who wielded power were few in number A large and powerful family, with connections in the law, in civil service, in politics and the armed forces and the seats of learning, could speedily destroy the good name of a man who lacked these supports Both the Heywood and Christian families were of this calibre, and Bligh showed a grave lack of wisdom in his failure to recognise the dangers lying ahead after enjoying his rapturous reception in London pp 247 48 The Heywood and Christian families did their work well, and Lieutenant William Bligh s fall in public estimation was a direct result of their public opinion campaign Today, 228 years after the mutiny occurred, the Heywood Christian families interpretation of the mutiny on the Bounty still prevails, to the point that many a tough boss in many a modern day office is still likely to be described as a real Captain Bligh Ultimately, in Hough s interpretation, the clashing personality traits of Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian made the mutiny on the Bounty all but inevitable This scenario may seem familiar to movie viewers who have seen New Zealand director Roger Donaldson s film The Bounty 1984 , with Anthony Hopkins as Captain Bligh and Mel Gibson as Fletcher Christian This film, based on Hough s book, is regarded as the most accurate cinematic recounting of the Bounty mutiny and it is a marker of Hough s dedication to seeking out the truth of the Bounty saga that his Captain Bligh and Mister Christian is the book that was sought out for adaptation by a group of filmmakers who wanted, at long last, to get the Bounty story right.

  3. says:

    Having read a Val McDairmid book which had links to this story I picked out this book as further reading A good pick as its an excellent read and really interesting Recommended.

  4. says:

    So interesting.

  5. says:

    I read everything Bounty, because I loved the story as a young kid This was from a historically accurate point of view, the author s note after read this particular one in Readers Digest condensed was very interesting On the whole I m not sure why I liked this as a childit s a disturbing story, to be sure And sad.

  6. says:

    A wonderful in depth look at the main characters in the Bounty mutiny by Richard Hough William Bligh was undoubtably a bully and at times a poor leader, however he was a great navigator and seaman, perhaps the greatest of his generation, Fletcher Christian one time favourite of Bligh s was a weak character, who only led the mutiny because his plan to desert would have been even of a disaster A great read.

  7. says:

    Richard Hough, RDC M, 3, 1973, 1973, 1 74 The story of Fletcher Christian and the rest of the Bounty s mutineers discovery of an uninhabited island and their attempt to create a community away from the pursuing ships of the Royal Navy is part of this narrative Captain Bligh s 3,600 mile voyage to Timor in an open launch is also described Very good read.

  8. says:

    This was an excellent read I think we are all aware of the basic story of the infamous mutiny but this book flushes out the details in an balanced unbiased reconstruction of this historic event How people lived in those days 1780s on those sailing vessels and how they were treated makes me very glad to live in an enlightened age.

  9. says:

    I registered a book at BookCrossing.com

  10. says:

    Historical view of Bligh and Christian in mutiny on Bounty

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