Clipper Ship - Denys BurrowsEducational Press / Angus & Robertson, 1965, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Drawings;
From the cover: “This exciting adventure story of the nineteenth century is concerned with a ship — a tea-clipper on the Australia-China run; but even more so, it is concerned with the men and boys who sail in her.
The Dauntless is a dirty hulk when Captain Grey and his son, lan, first sight her, berthed listlessly at a wharf in Melbourne. The first member of the crew they meet as they go aboard — the Mate, Grogan, with his uncouth manners and jeering talk — doesn’t improve the picture.
Second Mate Jackson takes an instant dislike to “Apprentice Grey” and determines to make him break down, if he can. The Skipper refuses to interfere in case it looks like favouritism towards his son, and because the boy has to learn to stand on his own feet.
Captain Grey turns the Dauntless into a tight, well-run ship, but it takes a whole voyage and return to do it, a voyage full of adventure: man overboard in the Pacific, a kidnapping in China, and a typhoon on the trip back — not to mention the strange machinery crates found in the hold and the even stranger cargo discovered when the ship leaves Canton.”