Adventures of Captain Horn [NOOK Book]

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This was the third-best selling book in the United States in 1895. It begins:

"Early in the spring of the year 1884, the three-masted schooner Castor, from San Francisco to Valparaiso, was struck by a tornado off the coast of Peru. The storm, which rose with frightful suddenness, was of short duration, but it left the Castor a helpless wreck. ...

"The Castor was an American...
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Adventures of Captain Horn

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Overview

This was the third-best selling book in the United States in 1895. It begins:

"Early in the spring of the year 1884, the three-masted schooner Castor, from San Francisco to Valparaiso, was struck by a tornado off the coast of Peru. The storm, which rose with frightful suddenness, was of short duration, but it left the Castor a helpless wreck. ...

"The Castor was an American merchant-vessel, commanded by Captain Philip Horn, an experienced navigator of about thirty-five years of age. Besides a valuable cargo, she carried three passengers—two ladies and a boy. ...

"But when the storm had passed, and the sky was clear, and the mad waves had subsided into a rolling swell, there seemed no reason to believe that any one on board the Castor would ever reach Valparaiso. The vessel had been badly strained by the wrenching of the masts, her sides had been battered by the floating wreckage, and she was taking in water rapidly. Fortunately, no one had been injured by the storm, ...."

All of the row boats had been blown off of the ship, but the crew was able to retrieve two of them from the sea; and "...in less than three hours after the vessel had been struck, the two boats, containing all the crew and the passengers, besides a goodly quantity of provisions and water, and such valuables, clothing, rugs, and wraps as room could be found for, were pulling away from the wreck."

The adventure thus begins, lost at sea somewhere off of the unsettled coast of Peru with only a vague idea of where they are.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148627692
  • Publisher: Romeo Publications
  • Publication date: 7/22/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Francis (Frank) Richard Stockton was born in Blockley, Pennsylvania, a township of Philadelphia, on April 5, 1834. His parents were William Smith Stockton, a Methodist minister, superintendent of the Philadelphia Alms House, and writer, and Emily Hepsibeth Drean Stockton, a school administrator. In 1860, Stockton married Marian Edwards Tuttle, a teacher from South Carolina. Stockton lived in the Philadelphia area for most of his life. His later years were spent in New Jersey, West Virginia, and New York. Stockton’s first major success arrived with the 1879 publication of Rudder Grange, a collection of stories based on a married couple and their servant. His most famous work, however, was the short story, “The Lady, or the Tiger?” which was published in 1882 by Century magazine and brought Stockton much acclaim. This story, with its ambiguous ending, has been adapted into a play version, a film version, and addressed by Robert Browning in a poem and by scholars in the Hindu community. In 1887, The Bee Man of Orn and Other Fanciful Tales was published and further helped Stockton earn the reputation as one of the greatest humorists and children’s authors of his time. Stockton published most of his works under the title “Frank R. Stockton.” However, he was also known to publish works under the pseudonyms “Paul Fort” and “John Lewees,” which he derived from the names of his siblings.
Stockton died of cerebral hemorrhage on April 20, 1902, in Washington D.C. He is buried in the Woodlands Cemetery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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