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Stories of Ships and the Sea

Jack London

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5 Exciting short stories by one of Americas best story tellers

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Chris at once applied himself to going back over the course along which he had fled. He managed to get a reef in one of the inner jibs and two reefs in the spanker, and then, with the aid of the watch-tackle, to hoist them to the stiff breeze that yet blew. And all through the night, tacking back and forth on the back track, he shook out canvas as fast as the wind would permit.

The injured sailing-master had turned delirious and between tending him and lending a hand with the ship, Chris kept the captain busy. "Taught me more seamanship," as he afterward said, "than I'd learned on the whole [15]voyage." But by daybreak the old man's feeble frame succumbed, and he fell off into exhausted sleep on the weather poop.

Chris, who could now lash the wheel, covered the tired man with blankets from below, and went fishing in the lazaretto for something to eat. But by the day following he found himself forced to give in, drowsing fitfully by the wheel and waking . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Always interesting to read early work from someone as famous as Jack London. He writes SO well, and really makes you feel life on board ship. Worth the time, and a short read anyway.

I enjoyed it very much, but I would imagine many would not. It uses very archaic language and relies a great deal on detailed descriptions, but I sought out books like this specifically for those traits.