A former convict attempts to avenge himself on the sea captain who kidnapped his wife and daughter and framed him for murder.
Then, if I must have a beginning for the yarn (said Captain Shreve), I'll begin with that morning, in this very port of San Francisco, when I walked out of the Shipping Commissioner's office with my first A.B.'s discharge in my hand, and a twelve months' pay-day jingling in my pocket. For I must explain something of my state of mind on that morning, so you will understand how I got Into Yankee Swope's blood-ship.
It was the heyday of the crimps, and I walked through the very heart of crimpdom, along the old East street. It is not a very prepossessing thoroughfare even to-day, when it masquerades as the Embarcadero, a sinner reformed. In those days, when it was just East street, it consisted of solid blocks of ramshackle frame buildings, that housed all the var
One of the best nautical novels I have found on this site. A young sailor attempts to prove himself by enlisting for a commercial voyage on a tough ship, and finds more trouble than he bargained for.
Excellent book, I have reread it many times since I was a kid. His other books are equally as good
Very nice piece of work re life on a clipper hell-ship with a psychotic and murderous captain.
Wonderful sea story about life on a clipper ship. I was saddened to finish this great book.