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Mutiny on the Globe

The Fatal Voyage of Samuel Comstock

Thomas Heffernan

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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
01 July 2003
Biography: historical, political & military; Maritime history; Mutiny
Whilst sailing between Hawaii and Tahiti in January 1824, the captain and officers of the Nantucket whaling ship the Globe were attacked with whaling gear, shot and dumped overboard under the audacious direction of 21-year-old Samuel Comstock, whose dream was to found hiw own tropical kingdom. This eventually led to his own violent death at the hands of his co-mutineers. Only a few members of the Globe crew survived: two men who were rescued after years on a Pacific atoll, bizarrely spared after their fellows had been slaughtered by the natives living there, and a handfull more who re-took the ship and carried news of the mutiny to the US Navy. Escaping with the ship was George Comstock, Samuel's younger brother and a horrified witness to his brother's murderous deeds. George's first-hand account, written upon his return to Nantucket, has never been published in full. Mutiny on the Globe presents portions of it for the first time.
By:   Thomas Heffernan
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   260g
ISBN:   9780747561736
ISBN 10:   0747561737
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   01 July 2003
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Author Website:   http://www.bloomsbury.com/Authors/details.aspx?tpid=591

Thomas Heffernan is a professor of English and current president of the Melville Society. He is the author of Stove by a Whale: Owen Chase and the Essex, which was both inspiration and source for Nathaniel Philbrick's best-selling In the Heart of the Sea.

Reviews for Mutiny on the Globe: The Fatal Voyage of Samuel Comstock

In January 1824, more than a year after sailing, Captain Worth and the officers of Nantucket whaler The Globe were brutally murdered in an assault led by 21-year-old Boat Steerer Samuel Comstock. This bloody mutiny was the first stage of Comstock's fantastical plan to found his own pirate kingdom on a remote Pacific island. The surviving crew reached the island of Mili Atoll soon afterwards, and there Comstock's deranged dream quickly began to unravel. Factions developed; some of the men rejected Comstock's leadership and they managed to retake the ship, cutting anchor and making out to sea in the dead of night, eventually informing the navy of the mutiny. All but two of those left on the island were killed by the natives and the survivors were imprisoned separately for two years. Heffernan provides a vivid depiction of the Globe mutiny itself and the events behind it, catching well the feel of bustling Nantucket and that of daily life aboard a 19th-century ship. Most interesting of all is Samuel Comstock himself, a brooding, erratic man who during his first voyage, aboard the Foster, got involved with a fierce fight between two infamous prostitutes and an unsuccessful attempt to break into a Chilean gaol. Anyone who has ever enjoyed the likes of Treasure Island or Moby Dick should relish this enthralling tale. (Kirkus UK)


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