Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Friday, September 27, 2002

Artifacts owned by Captain Bligh are up for auction at Christies.

The collection included William Bligh's own account of his 41-day journey with loyal seamen from Tahitian waters to Timor in an open boat with very little food or water — a voyage heralded as a tremendous feat of seamanship.

The items had been expected to bring about $310,000, but big interest and bids emerged at the Christie's auction.

The coconut shell used as a cup and bowl after Bligh and his small band of loyalists were cast adrift in 1789 sold for $111,135, about twice more than anticipated.

On it, Bligh had scribbled his name and the date, as well as the words, ``The cup I eat my miserable allowance out of.''

The bullet that Bligh used as a weight to ration out morsels of food sold for $58,900, again much more than expected.

Other items sold included a crude compass that Bligh used as he made his way through difficult waters after being ejected from the HMS Bounty by Fletcher Christian and the mutineers.

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