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The Log of a Privateersman   By: (1851-1922)

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The Log of a Privateersman by Harry Collingwood is an exhilarating adventure that takes readers on a thrilling journey through the high seas. Set in the 18th century, this historical fiction novel beautifully captures the essence of maritime life and the daring exploits of privateers.

The protagonist, George Granville, is a young and ambitious sailor who dreams of making a name for himself on the vast ocean. Collingwood skillfully portrays his character's determination and sense of adventure, making it easy for readers to immerse themselves in his struggles and triumphs. From the very beginning, George's journey unfolds with heart-stopping action as he is pressed into service aboard the Kestrel, a privateering vessel.

Throughout the book, the author vividly describes the dangerous encounters George and his crew face, including battles with enemy ships, storms, and treacherous waters. The narrative is filled with intricate details that bring the sea to life, from the sound of thundering cannons to the smell of salt in the air. It is evident that Collingwood dedicated a substantial amount of research to accurately depict the nautical aspects of the era.

What truly sets The Log of a Privateersman apart is its strong character development. Collingwood delves into the personalities and motivations of not only George but also his comrades on the Kestrel. Each crew member has their own distinct traits and backgrounds, which adds depth and complexity to the story. Their relationships and interactions create a tight-knit community that readers will find themselves invested in.

The author's writing style is engrossing, painting vivid imagery with his words. Collingwood seamlessly blends action and suspense with moments of reflection, allowing readers to catch their breath while remaining captivated by the overall plot. The pacing of the novel is well-balanced, ensuring that there is never a dull moment in the narrative.

While the book primarily focuses on George's experiences as a privateersman, there is also a touch of romance threaded throughout. The relationship that develops between George and a young woman he meets during his travels adds a tender and emotional element to the story, providing a welcome contrast to the hardships of life at sea.

If there is one drawback to The Log of a Privateersman, it would be that some readers may find the extensive nautical terminology and naval jargon overwhelming at times. However, Collingwood's dedication to authenticity is commendable, and for those who enjoy delving into the intricacies of maritime life, this may even be seen as a strength rather than a weakness.

In conclusion, The Log of a Privateersman is a thrilling and well-crafted maritime adventure that will transport readers to a time when life on the sea was both perilous and exciting. Harry Collingwood's expertise in depicting the realities of life as a privateersman, combined with his engaging characters and captivating storytelling, make this book a must-read for fans of historical fiction and naval adventures.

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The Log of a Privateersman

By Harry Collingwood Another cleverly written and interesting book by this prolific author of books about the sea for teenage boys. The time of the story is the very beginning of the nineteenth century, at which time the British were at war with France. The task of a privateersman is to act as a licensed pirate, preying on enemy ships. The hero is very successful at all this, and eventually is offered a permanent commission in the Royal Navy. Makes a good audiobook. THE LOG OF A PRIVATEERSMAN




The French probably never did a more audacious thing than when, on the night of October 26th, 1804, a party of forty odd of them left the lugger Belle Marie hove to in Weymouth Roads and pulled, with muffled oars, in three boats, into the harbour; from whence they succeeded in carrying out to sea the newly arrived West Indian trader Weymouth , loaded with a full cargo of rum, sugar, and tobacco. The expedition was admirably planned, the night chosen being that upon which the new moon occurred; it was a dismal, rainy, and exceptionally dark night, with a strong breeze blowing from the south west; the hour was about two o'clock a... Continue reading book >>

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