Mutiny on the Globe

Mutiny on the Globe

The Fatal Voyage of Samuel Comstock

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Baker & Taylor
Documents the successful efforts of Samuel Comstock to organize a mutiny aboard the whaler Globe and kill its officers, his plan to build an island kingdom, and his downfall at the hands of fellow mutineers and innocent crewmen.

Norton Pub
A bloody mutiny on a whaling journey, followed by an incredible tale of survival on land and sea.
Samuel Comstock knew he was born to do some great thing, but his only legacy was a reign of terror. Two years out of Nantucket on a whaling voyage in 1824, he organized a mutiny and murdered the officers of the Globe. It was a premeditated act; in his sea chest Comstock carried the seeds, tools, and weapons with which he would found his own island kingdom. He had often described these plans to one of his brothers, William. But the chief witness and chronicler of the mutiny was young George Comstock, who neither participated in nor approved of his brother's savage deed.Within days of settling on Mili Atoll in the Marshall Islands, Comstock was murdered by his fellow mutineers. Six innocent seamen—George among them—seized the Globe and escaped; most of the rest were killed by natives. Two survivors lived for twenty-two months, half-prisoners and half-adoptees of the natives, until they were rescued in a bold and dangerous maneuver by a landing party from the U.S. schooner Dolphin.The Globe's story is one of terror, adventure, endurance, and luck. It is also the story of one of the most bizarre and frightening minds that ever went to sea.

Book News
This historical thriller recounts the savage ambitions of whale ship crewman Samuel Comstock, who murdered the officers of the Globe at sea in 1822. Comstock's plans to finish off the crew and establish his own South Seas island kingdom were foiled when he was murdered by his fellow mutineers on Mili Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Heffernan, an expert on whaling history and former president of the Melville Society, gathers historical research and eyewitness accounts from Comstock's younger brother George, a crewman on the Globe. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
Samuel Comstock was born with a sense of destiny that is sometimes granted to great artists or leaders of men; in his case, it was the mark of Cain. Though he had vowed from childhood that he would do some great thing, his only legacy was a reign of terror.
He came from a family that had grown rich trading in whaling products, so it was no surprise that young Samuel Comstock - as wild and headstrong a youth as had ever been seen on the wharves of Nantucket or New York - signed on to the whale ship Globe in 1822. What would have been surprising, had anyone known, were the contents of his sea chest: a diverse collection of seeds, tools, medical supplies, and weapons. Later - too late - his brother William remembered that Samuel used to talk about establishlng his own island kingdom in the South Seas. Of course no one had taken him seriously.

& Taylor

A chronicle of the violent final voyage of Samuel Comstock documents his successful efforts aboard the Globe to organize a mutiny and kill its officers, his plan to build an island kingdom, and his downfall at the hands of fellow mutineers and innocent crewmen. 75,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393041637
Branch Call Number: 910.45 HEF
Characteristics: xix, 280 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.


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Jun 17, 2011

A little drab. Written from at times little recorded evidence, or conflicting evidence in reports, so it is hard to get too engrossed in the story when you don't fully believe the story may be accurate. The author projects his feelings a lot and tries to justify them.

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