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The Phantom Ship

Author: Captain Marryat

Publisher: The Echo Library (2005)

Philip Vanderdecken of Terneuzen in Holland has a quest to save his father - who has been doomed to sail for eternity as Captain of the Phantom Ship, after he made a rash oath to heaven and slew one of the crew whilst attempting to sail round the Cape of Good Hope. Philip sails around the world in a number of ships, in the employ of the Dutch East India Company, so that he can redeem his father by presenting him with the relic of the Holy Cross he wears round his neck. His quest, however, brings him into conflict with earthly and unearthly powers as the sight of the Flying Dutchman brings doom to all who encounter her.

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The Pirate And The Three Cutters

Author: Captain Marryat

Publisher: (1836)

This book consists of two longish short stories, though the overall length is still a bit shorter than the typical Marryat book. From a social point of view The Three Cutters is most interesting, because you get an intimate view of life aboard a yachtsman's cruising yacht, entertaining male and female guests, young and old. It all seems much more like whst one would have expected in Edwardian days, seventy years later.

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The Privateersman, Or One Hundred Years Ago

Author: Captain Marryat

Publisher: (1846)

This gripping sea-story by the master of English literature is set in about 1730. A privateer is a vessel that takes the side of the nation whose flag it flies, but which is not an official warship. It is however not a pirate, though to ships of the other side it might as well be one, For the most part it acts on its own, financing activities by the prize money derived from its captures.

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The Rescue

Author: Joseph Conrad

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The Rescue is one of Joseph Conrad's works contained in what is now sometimes called the 'Lingard Trilogy', a group of novels based on Conrad's experience as mate on the steamer Vidar. Young Tom Lingard is the owner and captain of a sailing ship, the Lightning which lies becalmed at night, somewhere in the Malayan archipelago. With his chief mate Shaw he discusses the problems that women can cause. Suddenly they are approached by a search party in a boat seeking help for a yacht which has become stranded on mudflats on a nearby island. Carter, the commander of the boat is interrogated in rather a hostile and suspicious manner which leaves him puzzled, but his boat is put in tow. When they reach the island Lingard handles his brig skillfully, but it transpires that he was heading for the island himself. He fires a warning shot into the interior, then joins the stricken yacht.

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The Shepherd

Author: Frederick Forsyth

Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd (1996)

On Christmas Eve 1957, alone in the cockpit of his Vampire, an RAF pilot is returning from Germany to Lakenheath on leave - 66 minutes of trouble-free, routine flying. Then, out over the North Sea, the fog begins to close in, radio contact ceases, and the compass goes haywire.

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To-Morrow

Author: Joseph Conrad

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To-Morrow was written in early 1902. This is a story of deluded hopes and dramatic irony which might have come from the pages of Thomas Hardy rather than his friend and contemporary Joseph Conrad. There are two principal ironies in the tale – one real, and the other potential. The first, which is real, is that the apparently doting father Hagberd turns out to be a tyrant and a fraud, whose eagerly awaited son actually wants nothing to do with him. Hagberd has built up a self-enclosed system of belief about his son, and he has prepared a homecoming which is a myth which sustains Hagberd himself. The second irony, which may only be realised outside the narrative time-frame, is that Harry borrows money from the hapless and moon-struck Bessie, but if Hagberd sticks to his word and disinherits his son, she will be the benefactor. Set in a desolate English port, Conrad’s spare, savage turn-of-the-century story of lives haunted by the sea. One of Conrad’s most powerful, gripping stories.

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Twixt Land And Sea

Author: Joseph Conrad

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‘Twixt Land & Sea Tales is a collection of short stories by the famous author Joseph Conrad.

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Typee: A Romance Of The South Seas

Author: Herman Melville

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Typee, a Romance of the South Sea is the first book by American writer Herman Melville, a classic in the literature of travel and adventure partly based on his actual experiences as a captive on the island Nuku Hiva, which Melville spelled as Nukuheva, in the South Pacific Marquesas Islands, in 1842.

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Typhoon

Author: Joseph Conrad

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'Typhoon' is the story of a steamship and her crew beset by tempest, and of the stolid captain whose dogged courage is tested to the limit.

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Within The Tides

Author: Joseph Conrad

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Within the Tides was the last volume of short stories published during Conrad's lifetime. Within the Tides is a collection of four short stories by Joseph Conrad. These stories originate from a group of old sailors swapping tales, and are all centered on the sea even if none of them ever really make it out to sea. Three of the four stories are from the perspective of a rugged,

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