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    Re: HMS Bounty
    From: Doug Royer
    Date: 2004 May 17, 18:26 -0700

    Robert,
    You bet.It's a real interesting read so far and Bligh was a very educated
    person.A great navigator.The book goes into some detail of his voyage after
    the mutiny.There are pictures of a page of his daily log and some sight
    data.I haven't gotten that far in the book yet but sneaked a peek forward
    and read a small amount of the transit.I read the 2 volumn account many
    years ago(I was a teen) but at the time I wasn't interested in navigation as
    now.This should be quite interesting.As for Bligh's bad rep I believe most
    of that came from Hollywood.They needed a villan to be opposite Marlon
    brando or Mel Gibson.
    I aggree with Worsley's feat as also the best example of navigation.I get
    shivers up my spine whenever I read or hear about that whole expedition and
    its'great ending for all.What an accomplishment for shakleton and
    Worsely.One thing I didn't like was that the boatmaker never got his medal
    because of his argument with Sir Ernest.He should have been awarded it.
    
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Navigation Mailing List
    [mailto:NAVIGATION-L{at}LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM]On Behalf Of Robert Eno
    Sent: Monday, May 17, 2004 17:31
    To: NAVIGATION-L{at}LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM
    Subject: Re: HMS Bounty
    
    
    Thanks Doug,
    
    Captain Bligh is one of the most misunderstood and perhaps the most
    unjustifiably slandered Captain in history. The last book that I read about
    this man was "Captain Bligh: The Man and His Mutinies" by Gavin Kennedy.
    Bligh was, according to this book, one of the more humane Captains in the
    British Navy. Unfortunately for him, he was a nit picking perfectionist and
    demanded 110% of his officers. If he did not get that, he would often berate
    them in a barrage of blue smoke. As far as his men, he was always concerned
    with their health. Apparently made them take their ascorbic acid and do
    calisthenics on deck to keep them in shape. Bligh was also a superb
    navigator.
    
    It irks me to no end that he continues to be depicted as a tyrant.
    
    If you like Shackleton (as I do) then you may have already read the book
    "Shackleton" by Roland Huntford and "Endurance" by Alfred Lansing. I
    consider Frank Worsley's navigation from Elephant Island to South Georgia
    Island to be the greatest ever feat of navigation. The funny thing is,
    whenever I think about it, it is not the 100 foot monster waves, the fear,
    the hunger and the deprivation that gets to me. It is the thought of
    Worsley's sextant being subjected to a continual bathing of salt spray
    without the benefit of a nightly cleaning. It makes me squirm.
    
    When you finish reading the book on Bligh, perhaps you would be so kind as
    to give us a book review.
    
    cheers,
    
    Robert
    
    
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Royer, Doug" 
    To: 
    Sent: Monday, May 17, 2004 3:07 PM
    Subject: HMS Bounty
    
    
    > All,
    > I obtained a hardbacked copy of a new(2003) Mutiny on the Bounty story.
    > It is called "The Bounty" by Caroline Alexander.She also wrote the book
    "The
    > Endurance" a few years ago that was very well researched and written.I
    > picked that book up because as I explaned to G. Huxtable a while back
    > Shackleton was one of my boyhood heroes.
    > This new book(I only started it,now on pg 59)is very interesting and
    > somewhat differant from the story I read as a kid.This book is very well
    > researched and may shead some new light on what happened to Bligh and all
    > involved.
    > Just thought I would share the above if anyone is interested.
    >
    >
    
    
    

       
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