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Adventures of British Seamen

Date: 1827
Overall: 157 x 100 x 27 mm, 250 g
Medium: Ink on paper, leather
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Books and journals
Object Name: Book
Object No: 00028996
Place Manufactured:Edinburgh

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    Hugh Murray's book the 'Adventures of British Seamen in the Southern Ocean, Displaying the Striking-Contrast which the Human Character Exhibits in an Uncivilized State' illustrates the strength and weaknesses of British seamen, and their behaviour under crisis. The book provides a very detailed account of the wreck of the ANTELOPE off the Pelew Islands of the Pacific in 1783, the mutiny on the BOUNTY in 1789 and the subsequent wreck of HMS PANDORA in 1791.
    SignificanceIn the early 19th century, the publication of works critical of the Royal Navy and British seamen were quite rare. This book is an important record of the wrecks of the ANTELOPE, BOUNTY and PANDORA, and provides interesting contradictions to the official accounts of the incidences and the treatment of the BOUNTY mutineers.
    HistoryHugh Murray's book on the Adventures of British Seamen was published in 1827 in volume four of 'Constable's Miscellany of Original and Selected Publications of in the Various Departments of Literature, Science & the Arts'.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: Constable's Miscellany of Original and Selected Publications...Adventures of British Seamen

    Web title: Adventures of British Seamen

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