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    "The Bounty II"
    From: Doug Royer
    Date: 2004 May 27, 18:09 -0700

    Just a follow-up on this morning's post about this affair.
    George Huxtable was correct when he stated Bligh's open ocean transit was a
    lesson in seamanship,charactor and management of men and material.But Lt.
    Bligh also knew his way around the most modern navigation equipement and
    theories of the day and was very proficiant in it.
    I also meant to and didn't include Bligh's dedication to training and
    cross-training the men under his command throuhout his naval
    carrer.Especially the Bounty Expedition as he had a very small ship and
    ship's company and deemed it prudent to do so in case of accident.
    He was a member of the 3rd Cook Expedition and many of his later traits and
    habits of command stem from this experiance.It was shown Cook became not
    deranged but off-balanced during this final expedition and did things that
    were not the gentleman's norm such as hanging in gibbets his own
    men,kidnapping,holding for ransome and executeing natives to make his point.
    It is also worth noteing that one of Bligh's mid-shipmen,Mr.
    Hayward,survived not only only this open ocean emergency transit but another
    equally as long when the "Pandora" ran aground on the homeward leg of the
    expedition to capture the mutineers.
    Allow me to post a paragraph from Ms. Alexander's book that to me captures
    the essance of the times.It is written as Bligh comes home after his 2nd
    breadfruit expedition is a success and the courts marshal is over.
    "It was Lt. Bligh's ill luck to have his own great adventure coincide
    exactly with the dawn of this new era,which saw devotion to a code of duty
    and established authority as less honorable than the celebration of
    individual passions and liberty.Coleridge's Ancient Mariner was a crude
    forerunner of the full-blown Romantic hero to be glamorized by Byron;but
    Fletcher Christian was the forerunner of them all.And in the clumsy,erratic
    testimonies of his "Appendix"Edward Christisn had unleashed the most
    irresistable elements of the story now known as "the mutiny on the bounty."

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