Kendall’s Longitude
By John Bendall
The Times and Voyages of: K2 The Bounty Watch. The People, Places & Politics

I have recently been notified of this fascinating book by John Bendall and I will be reviewing it in the January 2021 edition of our magazine, The Bounty. But if you can’t wait that long, I can say that, at first glance, it is a great little book. I’m a sucker for a hardback book, and this one just looks and feels nice. I know that there is the famous line that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but it just feels like a good book! And, of course, it has the advantage that it includes our favourite subjects – The Bounty, The Mutiny, Pitcairn Island and much more.

At the time of writing, there are 13 reviews on Amazon, and all have given the book five stars. What follows is the text from the publisher’s leaflets and the back cover, to give you a flavour.

David Ransom


“Lost at sea: every mariner’s fear.

Maritime navigational tools could find latitude, but finding longitude remained elusive until Harrison developed the reliable sea clock, H4. Building on H4’s success, Kendall made a series of nautical timekeepers, K1, K2 and K3.

This is the story of the K2 timekeeper; its adventurous voyages, the people it touched, and its place in history.

K2’s first voyage, accompanied by the young Nelson, was nearly its last in the crushing Arctic ice. The next two expeditions saw it survive kidnappings, nautical intrigue, and gunpowder plots of the American revolutionary wars. The slave coasts of Africa followed.

Bligh took K2 on the Bounty, but lost it in a fight with the mutineers in 1789. It was recovered by an American Quaker from Nantucket, only to be stolen by the Spanish. It rode on mules along the Andes before sailing into the Opium Wars.

K2 finally returned to Greenwich in 1963.

Dramatic, three nation 'story of time’.”

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Kendall’s Longitude
By John Bendall
Paperback, rrp £9.99: ISBN: 9781788239417
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