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The Missing Merchantman   By: (1851-1922)

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The Missing Merchantman by Harry Collingwood is a gripping maritime adventure that will transport readers back to the era of tall ships and high seas. Set in the mid-19th century, the story follows Captain George Foster and his crew as they embark on a perilous journey to find the missing merchantman, Durande.

The novel immediately engrosses readers with its vivid descriptions of life onboard a sailing vessel. The author’s extensive knowledge of maritime history shines through in his meticulous attention to detail, from the rigging of the ships to the duties of the crew members. This level of realism creates an immersive and authentic experience that allows readers to truly feel the wind in their hair and the salt spray on their faces.

Collingwood masterfully weaves together various plotlines, making sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats throughout. From encounters with ruthless pirates to tumultuous storms at sea, Captain Foster and his crew face one obstacle after another, their journey becoming increasingly treacherous. The author cleverly injects moments of suspense, ensuring that the pace never falters and the reader's anticipation remains high.

The characters in The Missing Merchantman are well-developed and diverse, each bringing their unique skills and attributes to the narrative. Captain Foster is an admirable protagonist, displaying both strength and vulnerability as he navigates his crew through unimaginable challenges. Additionally, the relationships and dynamics among the crew members are explored with depth and authenticity, creating a sense of camaraderie that further draws readers into the story.

One aspect of the novel that particularly stands out is Collingwood’s ability to balance action and adventure with thought-provoking themes. Beneath the surface, The Missing Merchantman touches upon themes of loyalty, friendship, and sacrifice, subtly reminding readers of the human spirit’s resilience in the face of adversity.

While some readers may find the language and dialogue a bit archaic, it ultimately adds to the charm and authenticity of the storytelling. Collingwood’s mastery of nautical terminology creates an atmosphere that immerses the reader fully into the maritime world of the mid-19th century. Additionally, the author's poetic descriptions of the sea and its surroundings evoke a sense of wonder and appreciation for the vastness and beauty of the ocean.

Overall, The Missing Merchantman is a thrilling maritime adventure that will captivate fans of historical fiction. Harry Collingwood’s attention to detail, engaging plot, and well-drawn characters make for an enjoyable and immersive reading experience. Whether you are a seasoned seafarer or simply a lover of adventure, this novel is sure to satisfy your cravings for a riveting tale of the high seas.

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The Missing Merchantman

By Harry Collingwood Harry Collingwood is a superlatively good writer of books about the sea because he was himself a working designer of ships, and a shipwright. This makes his style extremely authoritative.

In this book the crew of a vessel, meaning in this case the deckhands, got it into their heads that the captain and officers of merchant vessels were paid far too much, and that ordinary deckhands ought to be paid on the same scale. In other hands they had been "robbed of fair wages" for hundreds of years. They quite forgot the education and skill that goes into the training of an officer, as well as the taking of responsibility. So they take the ship, making themselves essentially into pirates. The officers and passengers, being resourceful people, manage somehow to work their way out of this predicament, and eventually to bring their ship back home, where she had been posted as "Missing" for some considerable time.

As always with this author the book makes an excellent audiobook. THE MISSING MERCHANTMAN




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