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The Missing Merchantman

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Author: Harry Collingwood (William Joseph Cosens Lancaster)
Published: 1889
Language: English
Wordcount: 104,548 / 297 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 53.5
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 987
Added to site: 2007.04.14 16573

A fine Australian clipper is seized by the crew; the passengers are landed on one desert island, the captain and a junior officer on another; and the young hero of the story is kept on board to navigate the ship. The mutineers refit the ship as a pirate vessel at an island which affords them convenient shelter, and in which Ned makes the discovery of an old world treasure hoard. At length, Ned succeeds in carrying off the ship, and in the meantime the captain and his associates have succeeded in rejoining the passengers, and they are after many adventures found by Ned."Mr. Collingwood is facile princeps as a teller of sea stories for boys, and the present is one of the best productions of his pen."--Standard.

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o ships belonged to rival lines, and there was intense emulation between the skippers of the "Bruce" and the "Constellation" clippers, Captains Blyth and Spence were old and sincere friends, and the rivalry between them was all in good part. They had long been secretly anxious to have a fair race together; but hitherto circumstances had been against them. Now, however, their opportunity had come, for the Southern Cross had also been loading in the London docks for Melbourne, the port to which the Flying Cloud was bound, and, like the latter, was to haul out of dock with the morrow's tide; and the two skippers had each made a bet of a new hat that his own ship would make the passage from Gravesend to Port Phillip Heads in a less number of hours than the other, which bet was now to be ratified over their parting glass of wine. The Southern Cross, however, would get the start by about one day, as the Flying Cloud was to call at Tilbury Fort to take on board a quantity of ammun



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