Ill-Starred Captains: Flinders and Baudin

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Fremantle Press, 2008 - History - 528 pages
Amid the Napoleonic Wars, France and Britain launched rival voyages of discovery to the Antipodes. Led by the outstanding naval captains Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders, these expeditions were seen as vital for gathering geographical and scientific knowledge--yet both expeditions ended in personal disaster for their commanders. Drawing extensively on original eyewitness accounts, logs and journals, this intriguing historical documentation brings to life the tragic circumstances of the two men who suffered abrupt changes in fortune while in pursuit of discovery.
 

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Contents

Foreword
7
Preface
9
Introduction Finding Australia
13
The Captains
31
The Voyage Out
72
New Holland and Timor April to November 1801
121
Flinders and the Unknown Coast December 1801 to May 1802
163
Baudin in Tasmanian Waters 1802
202
Epilogue Baudin and Flinders Reputations
462
Appendices
479
ShipwreckSamuel Smiths Account of the Disaster at Wreck Reef
481
A Day in the Life of Matthew Flinders Prisoner
483
Roll Call
486
Weights Measures and Currency
492
Notes
493
A Note on Sources
506

Port Jackson Interlude April to November 1802
242
Flinders Triumph and Tragedy July 1802 to December 1803
289
The Shadow of a Captain on a Ghost Ship December 1802 to August 1803
334
Nemesis Isle de France Death Detention Deliverance 1803 to 1810
371
Finale
418
Bibliography
509
Acknowledgements
517
Index
520
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Anthony Brown is a historical adviser, a former chief librarian, and an author.

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