Chasing the Bounty

The Voyages of the Pandora and Matavy


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About the Book

Popular films about the Bounty mutiny only scratch the surface. This rebellion on a British vessel in 1789 sparked the voyages of H.M.S. Pandora—dispatched to track down the mutineers and return them to England for court-martial—and the Matavy, a schooner built by the mutineers in Tahiti. This is the first book to include eyewitness accounts from five men who endured these voyages. Presented in overlapping, chronological order are the first publication of a narrative by a member of Matavy’s crew, who vividly describes a desperate struggle to survive with meager provisions among islands filled with hostile natives. A previously unpublished poem by an anonymous sailor on Pandora recounts the ship’s sinking, the survivors’ tortuous journey to the Dutch East Indies, and their return to England. The captain’s unedited statement on the loss of Pandora is included and appendices summarize the Bounty and Pandora courts-martial and the later history of each narrator.

About the Author(s)

Donald A. Maxton retired from a 35-year career of writing, editing and designing newsletters, magazines, brochures, and educational material for corporations and hospital systems. He has written and edited three books and eight articles about the mutiny on H.M.S. Bounty, and delivers presentations on the subject. He lives in Springfield, New Jersey, and New York.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Donald A. Maxton

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 200
Bibliographic Info: 29 photos, appendices, glossary, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7938-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3974-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
A Note on the Text 9
Part One. The Bounty Mutineers in Tahiti 13
Part Two. Outward Bound on H.M.S. Pandora 25
Part Three. Capturing the Mutineers 40
Part Four. Searching for Fletcher Christian 64
Part Five. Shipwreck in Torres Strait 96
Part Six. Sailing to the Dutch East Indies 108
Part Seven. Passage to Batavia and England 121
Part Eight. The Unforeseen Voyage of Matavy 143
Appendix 1 157
Appendix 2 165
Appendix 3 171
Glossary 175
Notes 181
Bibliography 183
Index 187