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The Wreck of the Grosvenor

William Clark Russell

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A brutal sea captain, an inhuman chief mate, and an indignant crew set out to sea together—an obvious equation for disaster. This is the gripping tale of this voyage, and of Mr. Royle, the mild second mate who rises to the occasion, overcoming mutiny and shipwreck in an attempt to save the lives of two innocent civilians.

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Community Reviews

An interesting read. Written in 1877, it is highly realistic and must be representative of the time as it is not speculative. The values are certainly imperial English and the sentiments clearly Victorian, and the dialog is sometimes overwrought and awkward from the a modern reader's perspective. Bu

A great 19th Century British sea novel. A gripping story and extremely well-written.


extremely well written with deep character development and detailed action

"Sherlock Holmes sat moodily at one side of the fireplace cross-indexing his records of crime, while I at the other was deep in one of Clark Russell's fine sea-stories until the howl of the gale from without seemed to blend with the text, and the splash of the rain to lengthen out into the long swas

Harv read this book to me and the kids many years ago. I consider it one of my top ten favorites.

A fun, old-fashioned sea story. Not amazing but good.

“As evening drew in, the storm grew higher and louder, and the wind cried and sobbed like a child in the chimney. Sherlock Holmes sat moodily at one side of the fireplace cross-indexing his records of crime, while I at the other was deep in one of Clark Russell’s fine sea-stories until the howl of t

A great adventure

The author did a fabulous job pulling me into the story. I love a great adventure. Wished it didn't end

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