Captain Bligh's Portable Nightmare reveals Bligh's great mapmaking skills, used to particular effect while he was exploring with Captain Cook. We discover his guilt over Cook?s death at Kealakekua Bay. We learn of the failure of the Bounty expedition and the myths that surround the mutiny led by Lieutenant Fletcher Christian, the trials and retributions that followed Bligh?s return to England, his successes as a navigator and as a vice admiral fighting next to Nelson at the Battle of Copenhagen.
Combining extensive research with dazzling storytelling, John Toohey tells a gripping tale of seafaring, exploration, and mutiny on the high seas, while also dismissing the black legend of the cruel and foulmouthed Captain William Bligh and reinstating him not just as a man of his times but as a true hero.
SubtitleFrom the Bounty to Safety4,162 Miles across the Pacific in a Rowing Boat
AuthorBy John Toohey
Published5 March 2019
Dimensions5.00 x 7.75in.
About the author
John Toohey is a photographer, historian, and journalist. He was born in Australia and now lives in Montreal, Canada.