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As unequivocally stated by Mr. Dugan, the 'leading spirit was a quartermaster's mate of Royal George, Valentine Joyce, who had served a sentence for sedition, lost his tobacco shop in Belfast as a result, and had recently come aboard in the quota'. Even on first reading, I was doubtful of this. For a landsman to have made quartermaster's mate in such a short period of time (the various Quota Acts having been passed in 1795 and 1796) would have meant spectacular promotion. Even if most past published works had also maintained a similar line on this individual's background, one stood out in contradiction. Written in the 1930s, within The Floating Republic was analysis of the leading characters as experienced seamen and Valentine Joyce was specifically mentioned in this way. In fact, this work goes further. Not only does it pour cold water on rampant political objectives by the mutineers, Joyce himself is stated as having been born in Jersey and apparently having family in Portsmouth. A relatively recent doctoral thesis, Mutiny in the Public Eye by David London, clearly shows these mutinies to have been industrial relations disputes, primarily in relation to naval pay that had not been improved in over 140 years. Joyce's background and naval career are outlined, from information supplied by Ann Coates and this is identical to that in a published modern entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Unfortunately, the information given in these two accounts is not particularly accurate either.