The Ship That Voted No and Other Stories of Ships and the Sea.
Grades 7 and up / Ages 12 and up.
Mutiny. The word conjures up images from boyhood tales, of cutthroat pirates and high seas treachery. Ragged seadogs cheer as captain and mate are made to walk the plank. Retribution, when it comes, is a dangling noose from the yardarm.
But by the mid-twentieth century, mutiny was not that colorful or violent. The minor nature of these incidents in the Canadian fleet was out of all proportion to their effect on the future of a navy first formed in 1910, rooted in the Nelson tradition of the British senior service. The mutinies, such as they were, mainly consisted of a refusal to work by crewmen aboard five different vessels in incidents spanning six years. The first two were quietly dealt with and then more or less forgotten. The latter three resulted in a report which shook the foundations of the service.
Most Canadians would be amazed to learn that the Canadian navy had five mutinies during the 1940s, or that a Canadian naval ship, H.M.C.S. Uganda, while serving in an active theatre of war during World War II, voted to not fight any more.
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