HMS Bounty, Then and Now â€” Remembrance at the Scene of the Mutiny and Dodging a Hurricane
Faulkner wrote, “The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past.” Â I was reminded ofÂ thisÂ when I read a wonderful post on Joan Druett’s blogÂ thisÂ morning, The Mutiny on the Bounty.Â Â She vividly recreates the scene of the mutiny from the deck of theÂ P&O cruise ship Pacific Jewel, which at that moment was lying in the exact spot on the Pacific where the famous mutiny on HMS BountyÂ took place in 1789. She describes to the nearly nearly 2000 passengers attending, how Captain Bligh and eighteen loyal crew are cast off in an overloaded launch.Â Â TheÂ cruiseÂ ship then sailed on the island of Tofua, where Bligh’s launch made landfall, only to attacked by natives. Â Bligh and his crew make a momentous decision. As Druett writes:Â They will stop at no more islands. Instead, they will make the 3,618-mile voyage to Timor, in the East Indies, skirting Fiji, Vanuatu, and the Great Barrier Reef, and then negotiating the scarcely charted Torres Strait. Living on one ounce of bread and a quarter pint of water each day, somehow they will do it — and without the loss of even one more man. Â It is the start of the most remarkable small boat voyage in history. Â Read the rest on Joan Druett’s World of the Written Word.
Joan’s blog post about theÂ HMS Bounty felt very current as we have been closely monitoring the progress of HMS BountyÂ which sailed from New London, CT on Thursday, ahead of Hurricane Sandy. Â The ship wasÂ built for theÂ the 1962 movie â€śMutiny on the Bountyâ€ť with Marlon Brando. Â Â It now looks like the ship under the command ofÂ Captain Robin Walbridge has successfully slipped across the path of the storm and is sailing south and west as the hurricane tracks north toward the northeast coast. Â The captain estimates that the ship and the hurricane will pass each other on opposite coursesÂ sometime Sunday night or Monday morning. Â We can only wish the ship and her crew, a continued safe and successfulÂ voyage.