Mutiny: A Select Bibliography

Punishment, Work Stoppage, and High Crimes at Sea
in the 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries

Primary Sources

[Anon.] The Terrible Deeds of George L. Shaftsbuty… Boston: n.p., 1851. 

[Anon.] Voyage and Venture, or the Pleasures and Perils of a Sailor’s Life. Philadelphia: H.C.Peck & Theo. Bliss, 1854.   Browne, J. Ross. Etchings of a Whaling Cruise. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1846. 

Comstock, William. The Life of Samuel Comstock, the Terrible Whaleman. Containing an Account of the Mutiny, and Massacre of the Officers of the Ship Globe of Nantucket. Boston: James Fisher, 1840. 

Dana, Richard Henry. The Seaman’s Friend. Macdonald Maritime History Series. London: Macdonald and Janes, 1974. Facsimile reprint edition. [Boston: Thomas Groom and Company, 1845].  

Davis, William Morris. Nimrod of the Sea; or, the Ameerican Whaleman. New York: Harper and Bros., 1874.   [Fiske, Nathan Welby]. Aleck and the Mutineers of the Bounty. Boston: John P. Jewett & Co., 1854.  

Gould, J.W. John W. Gould’s Private Journal of a Voyage from New York to Rio de Janeiro…. Edited by his Brothers. New York: n.p., 1839.   Hammond, Walter. Mutiny on the Pedro Varela. Mystic, CT: The Marine Historical Association, Inc., 1956.  

Kingston, William H.G. Old Jack, A Man-of-War’s Man and South Sea Whaler. London: T. Nelson and Sons, 1859.  

Lay, William and Cyrus Hussey. A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board the Ship Globe, of Nantucket…. New London: Wm. Lay, and C.M. Hussey, 1828.  

Nicholson, Paul (comp.). Abstracts from a Journal kept aboard the Ship Sharon of Fairhaven, 1841-1845. Providence: Ackerman-Standard, Co., 1953.   Olmstead, Francis. Incidents of a Whaling Voyage…. New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1841.  

Poe, Edgar Allan. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym. With designs by Rene Clarke. New York: Limited Editions Club, [1838] 1930.  

Sampson, Alonzo D. Three Times Around the World. Buffalo: Express Printing Co., 1867.  

Sleeper, James Sherbourne [Hawser Martingale, pseud.]. Tales of the Ocean, and Essays for the Forecastle. New York: John Slater, 1840.
Warriner, Francis. Cruise of the United States Frigate Potomac Round the World During the Year, 1831-34. New York: Leavitt, Lord & Co., 1835.

Secondary Sources

Belcher, Lady. The Mutineers of the Bounty and their Descendants in Pitcairn and Norfolk Islands. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1871.

Busch, Briton Cooper. Whaling Will Never Do for Me: The American Whaleman in the Nineteenth Century. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 1994.

Hadfield, Robert. Mutiny at Sea. Stanfordville, NY: Earl W. Coleman, 1979.

Healey, James C. Foc’s’le and Glory Hole: A Study of the Merchant Seaman and His Occupation. New York: Merchant Marine Publishers Association, 1936.

Hohman, Elmo. Seamen Ashore: A Study of the United Seamen’s Service and of Merchant Seamen in Port. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1952.

Hopkins, William John. She Blows and Sparm at That. Illustrated by Clifford Ashley. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1922.

Howland, Chester. Thar She Blows. New York: Wilfred Funk, 1951.

Hoyt, Edwin. The Mutiny on the Globe. New York: Random House, 1975.

Hugill, Stan. Sailortown. New York: E.P. Dutton and Co., 1967.



Bolster, Jeffrey. “The Changing Nature of Maritime Insurrection,” The Log of Mystic Seaport, Vol. 31, No. 1. pp. 14-21.

Busch, Briton C. “‘Brace and be Dam’d’: Work Stoppages on American Whaleships, 1820-1920,” International Journal of Maritime History, Vol. 3, No. 2 (December, 1991), 95-107.

Frank, Stuart M. “‘The Somers:’ A Newly-Discovered Ballad Text of 1842 from a Contemporaneous Whaleman’s Journal,” Unpublished NASOH Conference Paper, Newport RI, 1997. KWM Library.

Hopkins, Fred. “The Plattsburg Mutiny, 1816,” The American Neptune, Vol. 55, No. 2. pp. 135-41.

Litten, Jane. “Greenhand Hero or Mutineer? Mutiny board the Whaleship Meteor, 1846,” The Log of Mystic Seaport, Vol. 39, No. 2 (Summer, 1987), 54-64.

Lloyd, Christopher. “The Mutiny of the Nereide,” The Mariner’s Mirror, [no citation information], pp. 245-51.

“Murder and Piracy at Sea on Board the Whaling Ship Sharon of Fairhaven,” The Sailor’s Magazine, Vol. 17, No. 11 (July 1845), 325-29.

“Mutiny at Sea and Murder,” The Sailor’s Magazine, Vol. 35, No. 5 (Jan. 1863), 140.

“On the Moral Claims of Seaman,” The Sailor’s Magazine, Vol. 10, No. 9 (May 1838), 363-9.

Park, Steven H. “‘The Ship Without Liberty:’ Mutiny and the Clipper Contest, ” The American Neptune, Vol. 55, No. 2. pp. 123-133.

Sailor’s Magazine, Vol. 33, No. 6 (Feb. 1861), 187. Mutinous Ox.

Spinney, J.D. “The Danae Mutiny,” The Mariner’s Mirror, [no citation information], pp. 38-52.

Thompson, Edgar K. “Saga of a Mutineer,” The Mariner’s Mirror, [no citation information], pp. 171-178.


Government Documents

U.S. Congress. House. 26:1 [35] (December 31, 1839). “A Report from the Secretary of the Treasury upon the Subject of Protection of American Vessels Engaged in the Whale Fisheries.”

KWI Logbook Numbers

The following KWM logbooks contain information pertinent to the subject: 97, 191, 176, 452C, 402A, 478.