Dick Haldane, the narrator of this story, although only just seventeen, had been appointed fourth officer of the S.S. 'Star of the North,' Captain Applegarth, from Liverpool to New York, the day before she sailed. One grand but stormy-looking evening, when the stearmer is rapidly nearing the Fastnet light, Dick is so awed by the glorious beauty of the sunset that he forgets his errand and makes out the 'Ghost Ship.' A large fullrigged ship, her white canvas crimson from a last expiring gleam of the afterglow; but her sails were torn and tattered, and she was flying her flag at half-mast—a signal of distress. Dick shouts: 'Sail ho! A ship in distress!' But he alone sees the strange craft -- a very murderous craft indeed. Mr. Hutcheson has written a capital sensational yarn of the sea.