BOOK REVIEW | Mutiny on the Spanish Main: HMS Hermione and the Royal Navy’s Revenge

This is an excellent book that is excitingly written and brilliantly explained by way of historical facts and technical, political and geographic details. One of the best books of naval history ever enjoyed by your reviewer. And, the word “enjoyed” is used very advisedly here.

The year 1797, between the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars, was a time of considerable turmoil in Europe and among Europe’s imperial possessions. The Royal Navy was not immune from that turmoil and it suffered several mutinies in that year.

The mutiny aboard the HMS Hermione was undoubtedly the worst in terms of both its brutality and its economic cost. The author has researched his topic very thoroughly and obviously is very familiar with its historic and political background. He has described it all brilliantly.

The mutiny took place in the Mona Passage between the islands of Santo Domingo and Puerto Rico in the Caribbean and the dramatic recovery or “cutting out” of the ship from the Spanish was achieved off the coast of what is now Venezuela on the Spanish Main. There was plenty of exciting and brutal action between.

This is a fascinating story that has been particularly well told.

Author: Angus Konstam

Available from Osprey Publishing, Oxford, UK.


Neil Baird

Co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Baird Maritime and Work Boat World magazine, Neil has travelled the length and breadth of this planet in over 40 years in the business. He knows the global work boat industry better than anyone.