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Adventures Captainhorn

Adventures Captainhorn

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August 2012
THE ADVENTURES OFCAPTAIN HORNFrank Richard Stockton
 
CHAPTER IAN INTRODUCTORY DISASTER 
Early in the spring of the year 1884 the three-masted schooner Castor, from San Francisco toValparaiso, was struck by a tornado off the coast of Peru. The storm, which rose with frightful suddenness,was of short duration, but it left the Castor a helplesswreck. Her masts had snapped off and gone overboard,her rudder-post had been shattered by falling wreckage,and she was rolling in the trough of the sea, with her floating masts and spars thumping and bumping hesides.The Castor was an American merchant-vessel,commanded by Captain Philip Horn, an experiencednavigator of about thirty-five years of age. Besides avaluable cargo, she carried three passengers--two ladiesand a boy. One of these, Mrs. William Cliff, a lady pastmiddle age, was going to Valparaiso to settle some business affairs of her late husband, a New Englandmerchant. The other lady was Miss Edna Markham, aschool-teacher who had just passed her twenty-fifth

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