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Captain Scraggs

or, The Green-Pea Pirates

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Author: Peter B. Kyne
Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 82,903 / 243 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.3
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 3,314
Added to site: 2006.05.30 13810

The adventures of three sea-faring men: Captain Scraggs, owner of the green vegtable freighter Maggie, Gibney the mate, and McGuffney, the engineer. One foggy night, when the Maggie is approaching the Golden Gate, Captain Scraggs gives the signal for full speed astern. The worn wires break at the first pull, giving the signal for full speed ahead, so the Maggie is run aground on a sandbar--and here their adventures begin!

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n man. Neils was steady, industrious, faithful, capable, and reliable; any one of a hundred deckhand jobs were ever open to Neils, yet, for some reason best known to himself, he preferred to stick by the Maggie. In his dull way it is probable that he was fascinated by the agile intelligence of Mr. Gibney, the vitriolic tongue of Captain Scraggs, and the elephantine wit and grizzly bear courage of Mr. McGuffey. At any rate, he delighted in hearing them snarl and wrangle.

However, to return to the Maggie which we left entering the tule fog a few miles north of Pilar Point:


Captain Scraggs and The Squarehead partook first of the ham and eggs, coffee and bread which the skipper prepared. Scraggs then prepared a similar meal for Mr. Gibney and McGuffey, set it in the oven to keep warm, and descended to the engine room to relieve McGuffey for dinner. Neils at the same time took the course from Mr. Gibney and relieved th



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