Mutiny on the Spanish Main

HMS Hermione and the Royal Navy’s revenge

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Mutiny on the Spanish Main

HMS Hermione and the Royal Navy’s revenge


From renowned author and naval historian Angus Konstam, this is a gripping account of one of the Royal Navy's bloodiest and most dramatic mutinies.

Mutiny on the Spanish Main
tells the dramatic story of HMS Hermione, a British frigate which, in 1797, was the site of the bloodiest mutiny in British naval history, which saw the death of her captain and many of her officers. Though her crew handed her over to the Spanish, Hermione was subsequently recaptured in a daring raid on a Caribbean port two years later. Drawing on letters, reports, ship's logs, and memoirs of the period, as well as previously unpublished Spanish sources, Angus Konstam intertwines extensive research with a fast-paced but balanced account of the mutiny and its consequences.

Illustrated with maps and diagrams tracing the events as they unfolded, and supported by informative inserts on the technical and tactical nuances of seamanship and naval warfare in the period, this book is both a fascinating narrative retelling and an informative guide to one of the most notorious events in the history of the Royal Navy.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

1 The Hermione
2 Crisis in the Caribbean
3 The Seeds of Mutiny
4 The Fortunate Son
5 The Caribbean Honeymoon
6 The Floating Powderkeg
7 Murder in the Night
8 The Evil that Men Do
9 The Spanish Main
10 The Manhunt
11 An International Incident
12 The Surprise
13 The Cutting Out
14 Retribution


HMS Hermione – Ship's Specifications

Product details

Published Oct 27 2020
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 320
ISBN 9781472833792
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 8pp plate section in colour
Dimensions 234 x 153 mm
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Angus Konstam

Angus Konstam is a Fellow of the Royal Historical…


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