The Wreck Of The Grosvenor



The story of the wreck of the Grosvenor is supposed to be told by Mr.

Royle, the second mate of that unlucky ship. She was a small vessel

bound from England to Valparaiso with a heavy cargo and no passengers.

Captain Coxon and his first mate, Duckling, were so brutal in their

treatment of the crew, that before many days a mutiny arose, headed by

Stevens the ship's carpenter. The captain and the mate were murdered,

but Royle was spared to guide the ship to the West Indies. The crew

were a treacherous gang, and near Bermuda they scuttled the Grosvenor

and abandoned her to sink with the skipper, the boatswain, and the

steward who remained faithful to him, and Mary Robertson, a girl whom

Royle had rescued from a passing wreck. But the mutineers' plot had

been discovered by the boatswain, who plugged up the holes in the

ship's side, and when the crew deserted her the Grosvenor cheerfully

sailed away. Discovering their mistake one boatload of the villains

went in pursuit. In the ensuing skirmish all of this party, except Jim

Cornish, were killed, and he was captured with the quarter-boat

itself. But even with Cornish turned a faithful ally, the Grosvenor

had not sufficient crew to man her, and she was soon crippled by a

tremendous gale. Their signal of distress was disregarded by a Russian

ship which might have rescued them, and the shock of this

disappointment destroyed the poor steward's wits and broke the heart

of Cornish. The Grosvenor was fast sinking; there was no alternative

but to take to the quarter-boat which they had captured from the

mutineers. The following story tells how the three men and the girl

were saved from the wreck of the Grosvenor.





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