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Captain Mugford Our Salt and Fresh Water Tutors   By: (1814-1880)

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Captain Mugford Our Salt and Fresh Water Tutors by William Henry Giles Kingston is an engaging piece of literature that masterfully blends adventure and education. This book takes readers on a thrilling journey alongside Captain Mugford, a seasoned sailor, who serves as an invaluable tutor to two young boys.

From the very first page, this captivating novel captures the reader's attention with its vivid descriptions and realistic portrayal of life at sea. The author's extensive knowledge of maritime life shines through, providing readers with an authentic and immersive experience. The voyage of the good ship Trident, with Captain Mugford and his two young apprentices, Jack and Peter, is filled with fascinating anecdotes, gripping tales, and valuable life lessons.

One of the highlights of this book is the way Kingston effortlessly interweaves various educational topics into the narrative. The boys, as well as readers, are introduced to a wealth of practical skills and in-depth knowledge about navigation, geography, astronomy, and even meteorology. Kingston brilliantly embeds these lessons within the fabric of the story, ensuring that they never feel forced or contrived.

Furthermore, the characters in this book are compelling and relatable. Captain Mugford, with his wealth of experience and wisdom, serves as an ideal mentor to Jack and Peter. The growth and development of these young apprentices are beautifully depicted, allowing readers to connect with them on a personal level. The moral values and life lessons imparted by Captain Mugford are invaluable and extend far beyond the realm of sailing.

Additionally, the writing style employed by William Henry Giles Kingston is clear and engaging. The author's prose flows effortlessly, making the story easy to follow and enjoyable to read. The inclusion of nautical terminology adds an authentic touch without overwhelming the reader, striking a perfect balance between entertainment and education.

If there is one minor drawback to this book, it is the occasional predictability of certain plot elements. While the story maintains a steady pace and keeps readers hooked throughout, some twists and turns can be anticipated. However, this minor flaw does not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the book.

Ultimately, Captain Mugford Our Salt and Fresh Water Tutors is a delightful and educational read that appeals to both young readers and adults alike. William Henry Giles Kingston excels in creating a fascinating world at sea and employs it to impart valuable knowledge and wisdom. This book not only entertains but also inspires readers to pursue learning and embrace the spirit of adventure.

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Captain Mugford, or Our Salt and Fresh Water Tutors, by W.H.G. Kingston.

This is not a long book, but it is an absolutely delightful one. The Tregellins had owned a large old house on a headland in Cornwall. They had not lived there for some time, and had left it in the care of Clump and his wife Juno, West Indians, while the family lived in Bristol. Tregellin senior decides that he will install some of his young relatives there, in the care of the Clumps and two tutors, one of which, Mr Clare, has to deal with their academic needs, and the other, Captain Mugford, is to teach them watermanship. The date is early in the nineteenth century.

There is also a brave and virtuous dog, Ugly. The boys' sailing, swimming and rowing improve, and they rise to various challenges. Eventually they all set off for a longer sailing and fishing expedition. But it all goes pear shaped, as the weather turns very nasty, and they are marooned on a reef some way out to sea. Clare is not on this expedition, but they need a way to alert him to where they are. It is Ugly that saves the day.

They had been using an old wrecked brig, high ashore in the bay, as a classroom, but unknown to them some smugglers have been using it as a base as well... Continue reading book >>

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