The Kings Own

The King's Own

Frederick Marryat

Children's / Young Adult / Historical Fiction

William Seymour grows up on shipboard in the Royal Navy, after his father is hanged during the mutiny at the Nore (1797), and later, he is impressed into the crew of a daring smuggler. This amusing and exciting novel blends in the classic true tale of an English captain who deliberately lost his frigate on a lee shore, in order to wreck a French line-of-battle ship.
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The Phantom Ship

The Phantom Ship

Frederick Marryat

Children's / Young Adult / Historical Fiction

Full text. A sharply written tale of adventure on the seas, and fabulous gothic novel, The Phantom Ship will grip the reader from the outset, drawing one into the vibrant world of Captain Marryat’s imagination. It is the story of one Phillip Vanderdecken, and his search for a piece of the "one true cross." From the writer who inspired Herman Melville to take to the seas, this is an exciting work which combines the thrill of the narrative chase with an examination of the theme of religious tolerance, which has possibly a greater resonance today.
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Masterman Ready; Or, The Wreck of the

Masterman Ready; Or, The Wreck of the Pacific

Frederick Marryat

Children's / Young Adult / Historical Fiction

Prefatory Note Masterman Ready is the first, the most famous, and certainly the best of the short series of stories for children which Marryat began, comparatively late in life, under the impression that his former productions, like all novels, had had their day, and for the present, at least, would sell no more. He anticipated, and secured, a little income from these juveniles. In his preface, printed below, he expounds the origin of the tale ;and no one will be inclined to dispute the advance in correctness on The Swiss Family Robinson, to which he lays claim. Indeed the treatment of a well-worn subject is surprisingly fresh and convincing. The hypercritical reader may cavil at the thoughtfulness of the seawaves in washing ashore the very articles required for comfort, and no one can fail to resent the excess of righteousness in old Ready; but these are small blemishes in a work so really interesting and so admirably executed. It is exactly suited for children, abounding in detail, simple in conception, and pathetic without being melancholy. The style of direct narration is perfectly clear and attractive, without foolish condescension. Were there no external evidence of the fact, we could be confident from a study of this volume, that Marryat loved children and understood them. The death of Ready, through Tommy sselfishness, is artistically inevitable, and told without sentimentality. For ourselves, however, we confess to finding that greedy boys naughtiness in most cases peculiarly unattractive and scarcely amusing.(Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don\'t occur in the book.)About the Publisher Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology.Forgotten Books\' Classic Reprint Series utilizes the latest technology to regenerate facsimiles of historically important writing --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Jacob Faithful

Jacob Faithful

Frederick Marryat

Children's / Young Adult / Historical Fiction

Gentle reader, I was born upon the water—not upon the salt and angry ocean, but upon the fresh and rapid-flowing river. It was in a floating sort of box, called a lighter, and upon the river Thames, at low water, when I first smelt the mud. This lighter was manned (an expression amounting to bullism, if not construed kind-ly) by my father, my mother, and your humble servant. My father had the sole charge—he was monarch of the deck: my mother, of course, was queen, and I was the heir-apparent.
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The Phantom Ship

The Phantom Ship

Frederick Marryat

Children's / Young Adult / Historical Fiction

Full text. A sharply written tale of adventure on the seas, and fabulous gothic novel, The Phantom Ship will grip the reader from the outset, drawing one into the vibrant world of Captain Marryat’s imagination. It is the story of one Phillip Vanderdecken, and his search for a piece of the "one true cross." From the writer who inspired Herman Melville to take to the seas, this is an exciting work which combines the thrill of the narrative chase with an examination of the theme of religious tolerance, which has possibly a greater resonance today.
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Newton Forster; Or, The Merchant Service

Newton Forster; Or, The Merchant Service

Frederick Marryat

Children's / Young Adult / Historical Fiction

Captain Frederick Marryat (10 July 1792 – 9 August 1848) was a British Royal Navy officer, novelist, and an acquaintance of Charles Dickens, noted today as an early pioneer of the sea story. He is now known particularly for the semi-autobiographical novel Mr Midshipman Easy and his children\'s novel The Children of the New Forest, and for a widely used system of maritime flag signalling, known as Marryat\'s Code Marryat was born in London, the son of Joseph Marryat, a "merchant prince" and member of Parliament, and his American wife Charlotte, née von Geyer. After trying to run away to sea several times, Marryat was permitted to enter the Royal Navy in 1806 as a midshipman on board HMS Imperieuse, a frigate commanded by Lord Cochrane (who later served as inspiration for both Marryat and other authors). Marryat\'s time aboard the Imperieuse included action off the Gironde, the rescue of a fellow midshipman who had fallen overboard, captures of many ships off the Mediterranean coast of Spain, and the capture of the castle of Montgat. The Imperieuse shifted to operations in the Scheldt in 1809, where Marryat contracted malaria; he returned to England on the 74-gun HMS Victorious.
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Percival Keene

Percival Keene

Frederick Marryat

Children's / Young Adult / Historical Fiction

Percival Keene is a coming-of-age adventure novel published in three volumes in 1842 by Frederick Marryat. The book follows the nautical adventures of the title character, a low-born illegitimate child of a captain in the Royal Navy, as he enters service as a midshipman during the Napoleonic Wars and rises through the ranks with the help of his influential father.
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