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A good read especially for a history book.
on September 18, 1999
I liked "The Black Ship" a lot and recommend it to anyone liking the Patrick O'Brian series of novels and stories about British sailing ships. "The Black Ship" is not a novel but rather a history of the mutiny onboard a British war ship that took place in September of 1797. The author based his story on logs, official diaries, Court Martial records and lots of other historical documents. There was an excellent personality study on the captain for which Pope even consulted with a shrink. That bit of extra really made the account exciting to read and contemplate. Ordinarily such history would be rather dry I think but Dudley Pope writes so well that a story came through.
The novel was almost as good in some ways as the Patrick O'Brian series. There are not the warm evenings of music, conversation and toasted cheese at sea in the South Pacific and such. Reading "The Black Ship" added to my knowledge of the life onboard British war ships of the era and hence added to my enjoyment of O'Brian novels.