On April 28, 1789, mutineers on the HMS Bounty forced Captain Bligh and eighteen of his men into a 23-foot boat and set them adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Captain Bligh's Portable Nightmare is the story of the torturous 4,162-mile journey of Bligh and his men to Java. Author John Toohey recounts the starvation, disease and psychological decay of the men on that boat. Here is the story of how Bligh's brilliant navigational and mapmaking skills enabled him to return them to civilization alive. Toohey not only covers the journey itself, one of the most incredible seafaring achievements history has ever known, but also the aftermath when Bligh and his men get back to England.
This book covers only Bligh's journey after the mutiny. Readers might like to read The Mutiny on the Bounty to get an idea of what led up to the mutiny.
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