A Voyage to the South Sea eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 274 pages of information about A Voyage to the South Sea.

CHAPTER 20.

Occurrences at Batavia and Passage thence to England.

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(List of the plates.

Head of Lieutenant Bligh.

Plan and profile of the deck of the Bounty.

Sections of the Breadfruit.

Plan of Toahroah harbour.

Copy of the draught from which the Bounty’s launch was built.

Chart of Islands discovered from the launch.

Chart of part of the north-east coast of New Holland.

Chart of the track of the launch from Tofoa to Timor.)

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A VOYAGE TO THE SOUTH SEAS, ETC.

CHAPTER 1.

Plan of the Expedition.  Outfit and Occurrences to the time of leaving England.  Description of the Breadfruit.

1787.

The King having been graciously pleased to comply with a request from the merchants and planters interested in his Majesty’s West India possessions that the breadfruit tree might be introduced into those islands, a vessel proper for the undertaking was bought and taken into dock at Deptford to be provided with the necessary fixtures and preparations for executing the object of the voyage.  These were completed according to a plan of my much honoured friend, Sir Joseph Banks, which in the event proved the most advantageous that could have been adopted for the intended purpose.

August 16.

The ship was named the Bounty:  I was appointed to command her on the 16th of August 1787.  Her burthen was nearly two hundred and fifteen tons; her extreme length on deck ninety feet ten inches; extreme breadth twenty-four feet three inches; and height in the hold under the beams at the main hatchway ten feet three inches.  In the cockpit were the cabins of the surgeon, gunner, botanist, and clerk, with a steward-room and storerooms.  The between decks was divided in the following manner:  the great cabin was appropriated for the preservation of the plants and extended as far forward as the after hatchway.  It had two large skylights, and on each side three scuttles for air, and was fitted with a false floor cut full of holes to contain the garden-pots in which the plants were to be brought home.  The deck was covered with lead, and at the foremost corners of the cabin were fixed pipes to carry off the water that drained from the plants into tubs placed below to save it for future use.  I had a small cabin on one side to sleep in, adjoining to the great cabin, and a place near the middle of the ship to eat in.  The bulk-head of this apartment was at the after-part of the main hatchway, and on each side of it were the berths of the mates and midshipmen; between these berths the arm-chest was placed.  The cabin of the master, in which was always kept the key of the arms, was opposite to mine.  This particular description of the interior parts of the ship is rendered necessary by the event of the expedition.

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