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The hero of Cooper's stirring sea-tale is a mysterious ...
The Lost Sheep
The glass had gone down with a thump during the afterno...
Our First Whale
Simultaneous ideas occurring to several people, or th...
The Loss Of The Peggy
On the 28th of September, 1785, the Peggy, commanded ...
Loss Of The Duke William Transport
The Duke William Transport, commanded by Captain Nich...
The Rival Life-savers
It was February, the year after the war. The month ha...
The Cruise Of The Coracle
It was broad day when I awoke, and found myself tossi...
Jim Hawkins, the boy hero of Stevenson's tale, had sailed with a party
of adventuresome gentlemen on the ship Hispaniola, to find the pirate
gold which, as they had private proof, lay buried on Treasure Island.
Unfortunately, the crew was largely composed of ruffians, who had
themselves been pirates, and who also knew of the buried treasure. On
reaching the island, these fellows mutinied and tried to kill brave
Captain Smollett and the party of gold-seekers. As their only means of
safety the latter went ashore and entrenched themselves in a stockade
which former visitors had built there; while the Hispaniola, anchored
in the harbor, fell into the hands of the pirates, who promptly
hoisted the black flag. One foggy night Jim, who was an adventurous
and inquisitive lad, secretly stole out from the stockade and found
hidden in a cove a tiny home-made boat, clumsy and queer. This boat
was "buoyant and clever in a sea-way, but the most cross-grained,
lopsided craft to manage. Turning round and round was the manoeuvre she
was best at." However, he managed to paddle out to the Hispaniola,
intending to cut her moorings. With some difficulty he accomplished
this design, but immediately a change of wind and current seized both
ship and coracle, and sent them spinning out through the narrows
towards open sea. Expecting to be dashed in pieces on some bar or in
the raging breakers, Jim lay down helpless, and overcome by weariness
and anxiety fell asleep. "The Cruise of the Coracle" begins at this
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