Caroline Alexander's account of the mutiny on the Bounty and its aftermath is attempt to get at the truth underlying the various myths that have grown around the incident. Beginning with the arrival of the Pandora, the ship sent to bring the muntineers back to justice, in Tahiti, she uses flashbacks to unfold the background information, the nature of the Bounty's mission, the commisioning of Bligh, the gathering of a crew. She tells of the voyage out, the eventual arrival in Tahiti and the crew's delight in the natives and the country. The mutiny took place just after the ship left for the return, some felt because some of the seamen, Fletcher Christian, the presumed ringleader among them, didn't want to leave the island.
She goes on to detail Bligh's journey in the open boat, the mutineers landing on Pitcairn Island, the court martial of those eventually caught, and the lives of all involved after the conclusion of the incident. Her essential point seems to be that the picture of the harsh unyeilding Captain Bligh is much overstated.
This report prepared by Jack Goodstein