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The Blockade Runners

The Blockade Runners by Jules Verne
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Writing at the end of the American Civil War, Verne weaves this story of a Scottish merchant who, in desperation at the interruption of the flow of Southern cotton due to the Union blockade, determines to build his own fast ship and run guns to the Confederates in exchange for the cotton piling up unsold on their wharves. His simple plan becomes complicated by two passengers who board his new ship under false pretenses in order to carry out a rescue mission, one which Capt. Playfair adopts as his own cause. This is going make the Rebels in Charleston rather unhappy with him.

Sure, his new ship is fast - but can it escape the cannonballs of both North and South?

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The Blockade Runners by Jules Verne

[Redactor’s Note: The Blockade Runners (number V008 in the T&M numerical listing of Verne's works) is a translation of Les forceurs de blocus (1871). The Blockade Runners, a novella, was included along with A Floating City in the first english and french editions of this work. This translation, which follows that of Sampson and Low (UK) and Scribners (US) is by “N. D’Anvers”, pseudonymn for Mrs. Arthur Bell (d. 1933) who also translated other Verne books. It is also included in the fifteen volume Parke edition of the works of Jules Verne (1911). There is another translation by Henry Frith which was published by Routledge (1876).

Both of these stories are about ships; Floating City about the largest ship of the time, the Great Eastern, and Blockade Runners about one of the fastest, the Dolphin.

This HTML version was prepared from public domain sources by Norman M. Wolcott, 2003, nwolcott2@post.harvard.edu .] The Blockade Runners Table of Contents I THE DOLPHIN II GETTING UNDER SAIL III THINGS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM IV CROCKSTON’S TRICK V THE SHOT FROM THE IROQUOIS, AND MISS JENNY’S ARGUMENTS VI SULLIVAN ISLAND CHANNEL VII A SOUTHERN GENERAL VIII THE ESCAPE IX BETWEEN TWO FIRES X ST... Continue reading book >>


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