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The Cruise of the Dry Dock

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Author: T.S. Stribling
Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 56,697 / 174 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 74.4
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 724 6730
Genres: Nautical, Adventure

A brave, sturdy tale with the sea in it, and mystery and action, and a fight against big odds. A man-sized book for boys.

Show Excerpt

ers!" he bawled monotonously. "Get along!"

Most of the men walked faster when the mate flung his arms at them. Leonard felt the impulse to step livelier but held himself to Caradoc's deliberate stride.

In the mess room the boys found a compact, black-haired, serious-faced young man of unknown nationality reading the ship's articles in an expressionless tone. Nobody listened, although various penalties were prescribed for desertion, quitting ship without leave, disobedience of orders, each with its particular fine or punishment. When the reader finished, the men walked around one by one and signed the register. Then a copy of the articles was pointed out on the side of the mess room, and again no one observed.

The performance was hardly completed when the gong rang for supper. There were not more than a dozen men at mess. Most were of stolid English navvy type, dirty uncouth men whose gross irregular features told of low birth and evil life. The foreign element comprised an Irishman named

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 2 reviews: ****
Dai Alany

Decent teen adventure story, albeit with some near-fantastic combat at sea, and a too-happy ending. Makes the Sargasso See far more forbidding than it actually is, and leaves us wondering why starving men don't fish. Still, not bad at all for boys' reading.

Hnery L. Ratliff

Plot bullets

  • This is not a whimsical/humorous narrative of a runaway Dry Dock.

  • The floating Dry Dock is being taken from England to South America.

  • The Dry Dock does get loose from it\'s tug, and end up in the Sargasso Sea .

  • But, this is not a tale of the Sargasso Sea of myth.

  • There is more to fear than heat and hunger.

  • There is a presence among the weed. Not a supernatural one, but a deadly one, even so

I believe War, need sto be added to the genre.



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