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    Re: Recreating Bligh's voyage to Timor
    From: Douglas Denny
    Date: 2010 May 29, 16:31 -0700

    The voyage by William Bligh after the mutiny is probably one of the most enduring stories of navigational brilliance. Bligh is in my opinion one of the best navigators of all time along with James Cook. He was also much maligned after the event, (and continues to be so by the efforts of the film industry (who cares about truth? if it makes a good story?) but was completely exonerated by the admiralty.

    There is an excellent website all about Bligh and the mutiny on the Bounty in great detail you can find all you want to know at:-


    There is also a detailed book of the mutiny first published in 1831 by Sir John Barrow, second secretary to the Admiralty (and who gave his name to my home town Barrow-in Furness). I have a copy re-printed by the Folio Society.

    "The Eventful History of the Piratical Seizure of HMS BOUNTY its causes and Consequences". by Sir John Barrow. 1831.

    Douglas Denny.
    Chichester. England.


    Original posting:-

    George, you mentioned Bligh's voyage after the mutiny to Timor. I don't think this has come up yet on NavList. There is a group trying to recreate that voyage right now. Here's a blog article about it:

    ...which includes this line:
    "They’re using an ancient device called a sextant to mark the ship’s angle against the horizon"

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