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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

Re-read. Nothing deep in this story or naval yarn just a classic of nautical fiction for pure enjoyment. The end gets somewhat pasty but that's OK. Simply a good sea yarn. Thank you Doc. Watson.

extremely well written with deep character development and detailed action

Fun and silly escapism! The story is fairly engaging and the nautical jargon delightful.

Although the narrator is clearly an officer and a gentleman, with many disparaging things to say about the education, dress, speech, conduct etc. of the sailors, he nevertheless on several occasions expresses sy

"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.

A great adventure

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