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The Great Mutiny - James Dugan

(Item: BOOK606)

THE GREAT MUTINY

by James Dugan

Author of THE GREAT IRON SHIP

First Edition

Hardbound - Blue Embossed Cloth/Gilt Lettering

Book Description: G. P. Putnam's  Sons, New York, 1965

Book Condition:  Very Good/Lightly Bumped/Rubbed

Light Edge Fade/Book Edges Lightly Soiled

Dust Jacket Condition:  Good/Unclipped

Lightly Soiled/

Map Endpapers

Octavo

511 Pages

 In 1797 some 50,000 sailors in 113 ships refused to obey orders and expelled their officers in protest over the appalling conditions, brutal discipline, lack of pay, poor food and in some cases tyrannical officers. The naval mutiny at Spithead was a peaceful and remarkably disciplined event and the matter was soon settled but the affair at the Nore was far more serious. The Navy had never seen such rebellion on this scale and it could not have come at a worse time as the country was in the midst of a bitter war with France, Spain and Holland and there was unrest in Ireland. The Royal Navy was the nation’s only sure defence against a French invasion, and to prevent the mutiny spreading to ships on foreign stations, urgent action was required to stem the crisis. The author examines the causes of discontent - most of them just and reasonable even by 18th century standards - and brings into light some of the more colourful characters involved. Men like Captain Bligh – not his first nor his last mutiny. Earl Howe – an old but highly respected officer who was called on to settle the dispute. And Richard Parker – a misfit with above average intelligence. He was the main ringleader at the Nore and went to the gallows with remarkable coolness and dignity. There was no question of the sailor’s loyalty to King and Country, and as soon as the affair was settled Admiral Duncan led these men, eager to prove it, to victory over the Dutch at Camperdown. A well-researched account using material hitherto unpublished.

NAVAL MUTINIES OF 1797

Mylar Wrapped Dust Jacket



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