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Revised 2010-05-12

Bligh Notebook

This is a notebook Bligh kept on the launch voyage. As he explains on Page 3, "This account was kept in my bosom as a common memorandum of our time & transposed into my fair Journal evry day when the Weather would admit–with every material circumstance which passed. — It happened that Mr. Hayward had this Book with some signels sat down in it wch appear in two Pages & I appropirated the blank leaves to this use."

I have included every page with writing on it, but have transcribed only the remarks. The page numbers are my own and some are missing, I discovered some were blank after I numbered them. The images are copyrighted by the National Library of Australia and are used by permission. Due to the copyright holder's restrictions, the images are shown at approximately 77% actual size.

A note on the links below. A simple date, 4 May or 3-4 May for example, is either a narrative or a page in the style of a logbook. 'Rems' denotes remarks and often follow a logbook page, and 'Figs' denotes Bligh's position calculations and often precede the logbook pages with the same date.

1. Figures29. 13 May58. 28 May Rems86. 4 Jun Rems
2. Figures30. 14 May59. 28 May Rems Map87. 5 Jun
3. Bligh's Preface31. May Map Rems60. 29-30 May Figs88. 5-7 Jun Figs
4. blank15 May61. 29 May89. 6 Jun
5. Preface-28 Apr33. 15-16 May Figs62. 29 May Rems90. 7 Jun
6. 28-29 Apr34. 16 May63. 30 May Restoration 191. 8 Jun
7. 29 Apr-1 May35. 17 May64. 30 May Restoration 292. 8-10 Jun Figs
8. 2-3 May36. 18 May65. 30 May Contd93. 9 Jun
9. 3-4 May37. 17-20 May Figs66. 1-2 Jun Figs94. 10 Jun
10. 4 May38. 19 May67. 31 May95. 11 Jun
11. 3-4 May Figs39. 21 May Figs68. 31 May Rems 196. 11-13 Jun Figs
12. 5 May Map40. 20 May69. 31 May Rems 297. 12 Jun
13. Hayward Signals41. 21 May70. 31 May Rems 398. 12 Jun Rems
14. blank42. fragment71. 1 Jun99. 13 Jun
15. 5 May43. fragment72. 1 Jun Rems 1100. 13 Jun Rems 1
16. Hayward Signals44. Prayer 173. 1 Jun Rems 2101. 13 Jun Rems 2
17. 6 May45. Prayer 274. 1 Jun Map102. 14 Jun Figs
18. Signals Map 6 May46. Prayer 375. 2 Jun103. 14 Jun
19. 6 May & Figs47. 22-23 May Figs76. 2 Jun Rems104. 14 Jun Rems 1
20. 7 May48. 22 May77. blank105. 14 Jun Rems 2
21. 8 May49. 23 May78. Cape York Map106. 14 Jun Rems 3
22. 9 May50. 24 May79. blank107. 14 Jun Rems 4
23. 7-9 May Figs51. 24-25 May Figs80. Figures108. 14 Jun Rems 5
24. 10 May Map Figs52. 25 May81. 3 Jun109. 14 Jun Rems 6
25. 10 May53. 26-27 May Figs82. 3 Jun Rems 1110. 14 Jun Rems 7
26. 11 May54. 26 May83. 3 Jun Rems 2111. Map Figs
27. 11-14 May Figs55. 27 May84. 3-4 Jun Figs112. Flags Figs
28. 12 May56. 28 May Figs85. 4 Jun

Model of Launch
The image above is of a model of the launch scratch-built by Prof. James M. Norton, Ph.D.,
Chairperson, Department of Physiology, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, in 2005.
Used by Permission.

(More images of the model can be found here.)


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