The Whaling Cruise of ''The Dolphin'' and the Adventures of Her Crew in the Polar Regions
I'm old enough and strong enough to load and fire a pistol, father; and I heard one of the men say we would need all the hands on board, and more if we had them. Besides, it was my mother who told me what was going on, and sent me on deck to _help you, to fight._"
A momentary gleam of pride lit up the countenance of the captain as he said hastily, "You may stay, then," and turned towards the men, who now stood assembled on the quarter-deck.
Addressing the crew in his own blunt, vigorous style, he said, "Lads, yon rascally schooner is a pirate, as you all know well enough. I need not ask you if you are ready to fight; I see by your looks you are. But that's not enough--you must make up your minds to fight well. You know that pirates give no quarter. I see the decks are swarming with men. If you don't go at them like bull-dogs, you'll walk the plank before sunset every man of you. Now, go forward, and double-shot your muskets and pistols, and stick as many of the latter into your belts as they wi
The story describes the adventures of Dolphin (a ship) to search for Pole Star, a lost ship ,of Fred's (hero) father in Arctic region. On the way Dolphin confronted various perils like collision with floating ice bergs, lack of provisions etc. However the crews hunt, play football, enjoy singing, dancing, organizing theaters in leisure. The book actually introduces Arctic nature, wild life, Eskimos and many other things to the readers through the activities of the crews. In one place of the book author described how the Eskimo interpreter Meetuck built an Igloo (Eskimo snow hut) and it delighted me a lot.
If you want to acquaint yourself with Arctic's nature through pleasure of reading, grab it and start reading. The story contains substantial interesting materials unknown to non-Arctics.
I would definitely recommend it for 12-16 years old. For them itís a great read.
But grown up readers like me (Iím 23) always want tense suspense and perilous journeys full of fast-moving occurrences in sea adventure, right? In the beginning of this story there were indeed some interesting events but gradually the story seems to focus on the Arctic nature and life styles. In a place in the story, Fred found a skeleton of a Pole Starís crew died about a few years ago. I didnít understand how the cold weather in Arctic region lets any human corpse to turn into skeleton. Little doubtful though. After all, as itís an Arctic story, it might be entertaining to the grown up readers.