In the Sargasso Sea

A Novel

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Published: 1898
Language: English
Wordcount: 71,679 / 190 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55.1
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 1,306
Added to site: 2006.02.16 12778

A castaway, shipwrecked and engulfed in the mysterious maze of the "Dead man's sea," finds the long-lost treasure of a Spanish galleon.

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g, and the two mates having their hands full in driving forward the work of finishing the lading, so that the hatches might be on and things in some sort of order before the crew should be needed to make sail.

The decks everywhere were littered with the stuff put aboard from the lighter that left the brig just before I reached her, and the huddle and confusion showed that the transfer must have been made in a tearing hurry. Many of the boxes gave no hint of what was inside of them; but a good deal of the stuff--as the pigs of lead and cans of powder, the many five-gallon kegs of spirits, the boxes of fixed ammunition, the cases of arms, and so on--evidently was regular West Coast "trade." And all of it was jumbled together just as it had been tumbled aboard.

I was surprised by our starting with the brig in such a mess--until it occurred to me that the captain had no choice in the matter if he wanted to save the tide. Very likely the tide did enter into his calculations; but I was led to believe


Average Rating of 4.8 from 5 reviews: *****

What all the others said. I'm just adding a thumbs-up.

Henry L. Ratliff

Plot bullets

  • A man has successive shipboard misadventures.

  • As a final insult, he becomes trapped alone in the Sargasso Sea.

  • This is the Sargasso Sea of legend,with a mat of sea weed which has trapped ships for hundreds of years, which is not the case in reality.

  • The continual search for food, is second to the loneliness as he tries to survive.

Very well done. There are no strange inhabitants, aliens or beautiful girl in this strange floating world. Only a man and his need to survive.

Marie Bruemmer

Top quality adventure! He develops the story psychologically as well as a modern author would. Bravo!!


Could hardly put it down. Surprisingly adventurous and readable for a book from 1898. I felt as if I were in the main character's shoes.

I highly recommend this book if you are up for some nautical adventure! Also if you own a cat, as I do, I think you'll like it too. :-)


Excellent nautical tale of a man who survives a storm at sea only to be stranded in the miles of tangled seaweed that makes up the Sargasso Sea. Great psychological writing, with eerie descriptions of the many abandoned vessels the protagonist must explore to get needed supplies.

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