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Frank Nelson in the Forecastle

Harry Castlemon

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .A few seconds later the whale-boat landed and the captain sprang out and started in pursuit, not, however, without saying a few words to the cutter's crew, which he emphasized by shaking his fist at them. If any of the men replied, our young friends at the cross-trees saw nothing to indicate it.

The sailors pulled back slowly, for their long, hard pull had wearied them, and when they reached the schooner and clambered over the side, the boys saw that their faces were flushed, and that some portions of their clothes looked as though they had been dipped in the bay. The boatswain's mate[46] went aft demurely enough to report the safe return of the boat, but when he made his way forward again, and glanced up at the boys, with whom he was an especial favorite, they saw that his jolly countenance was wreathed with smiles, and that his broad shoulders were shaking with suppressed mirth. He and the cutter's crew were proud of the exploit they had performed. The fu. . . Read More

Community Reviews

It was an OK book. Part of a larger series of books where a band of friends goes places and get into all sorts of adventures. In this case one of them gets shanghaied into a crew on a whaling vessel. The vessel has an evil captain, but our hero Frank saves the day.

I am not sure I would want to ha...more