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Mutiny or Murder?: The Bloodsoaked Voyage of the Chapman Convict Ship
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Conor Reidy
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Mutiny or Murder?: The Bloodsoaked Voyage of the Chapman Convict Ship

Conor Reidy


9780750985642

HISTORY PRESS


True stories;
History;
Maritime history;
Penology & punishment


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224 pages

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On 15 March 1817 the convict ship the Chapman departed from Cork with 200 male prisoners on board. When it dropped anchor off Sydney Cove four months later, its prison doors opened to reveal 160 gaunt and brutalised men. Twelve were dead and twenty-eight lay wounded in the hospital below deck.

As officials pieced together the horrors of the voyage many questions arose. Why did Michael Collins claim that his fellow convicts conspired to take the ship? Why was Captain Drake unable to rein in the violent and sadistic Third Mate Baxter? Was there really an attempted mutiny on the Chapman? Or was this cold-blooded murder?

Using daily journals from the crew, detailed testimony from several convicts and official colonial government correspondence, this book unravels what happened during those four months at sea. Tarnished by intrigue, suspicion and mutual hatred, this is the story of one of the darkest episodes in the history of penal transportation between Ireland and Australia.

By:   Conor Reidy
Imprint:   HISTORY PRESS
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9780750985642
ISBN 10:   075098564X
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   August 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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