The Wreck of the Nancy Bell

Cast Away on Kerguelen Land

Published: 1885
Language: English
Wordcount: 92,012 / 264 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 63.2
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 730
Added to site: 2007.04.16
mnybks.net#: 16597
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Nautical, Adventure
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"A full circumstantial narrative such as boys delight in. The ship so sadly destined to wreck on Kerguelen Land is manned by a very lifelike party, passengers and crew. The life in the Antarctic Iceland is well treated."--Athenĉum.

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mediately slammed to again; and, the long table, which ran fore and aft the vessel the entire length of the apartment from the foot of the mizzen mast, was neatly spread over with a snow-white cloth, on which knives and forks were laid equi-distantly with trim regularity, as well as other prandial paraphernalia, in preparation for breakfast; while to complete the category, the swinging trays above, that oscillated to and fro as the ship gave an occasional lurch and roll to port or starboard, betrayed no lack of their proper quota of wine-glasses, decanters, and tumblers. No, there was no trace of any disorder here, nothing to account for that noise of a struggle and of breakages below that had preceded the sudden uprush of the steward to the poop. What could possibly have caused all that clatter and commotion?

Evidently so thinking, the captain, mate, and passenger looked at each other in a bewildered fashion, as if each were endeavouring to solve some knotty conundrum, and had ultimately come to the c

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(1885) Adventure / Nautical
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  • An old ship gets through many mishaps.

  • There is one that she can't endure.

  • Her crew and passengers are cast away on an Antarctic island.

  • There is no hope for a quick rescue.

  • But, there is a way home, if they can last the winter.



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