CREW OF THE DOLPHIN (THE)

The Crew of the Dolphin by Hesba Stretton.

Description:

Captain Norcott talked Peter Blake into sailing on his ship, but Peter was concerned about the soundness of the vessel. After the launch it was determined not to be the real Dolphin ship and sailor's lives were dependent upon a business owner whose only concern was to make money. This greediness resulted in many ships and crews being lost for the collection of their insurance, but how can restitution be made? What becomes of the women left behind? An important Bible verse is Isaiah 40:12—"Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?"—Curiosmith (2013).

A spirited and touching story.—Guardian. (1877).

Every sailor should possess a copy of this little volume.—Christian (1877).

Preface to the book:

It is needful to state that legislation has done much to lessen the kind of danger referred to in this story. Sailors are not now so frequently exposed to almost certain death in such vessels as "Penrose's coffins."

Chapters:

  • Chapter 1 — High Street, Wapping
  • Chapter 2 — Peter Blake's Home
  • Chapter 3 — Last Hours
  • Chapter 4 — The Hollow of God's Hand
  • Chapter 5 — Not the Dolphin
  • Chapter 6 — The Owner's Son
  • Chapter 7 — A Dilemma
  • Chapter 8 — On the Rocks
  • Chapter 9 — Night and Despair
  • Chapter 10 — Victor's Grave
  • Chapter 11 — Too Late!
  • Chapter 12 — Fleck Tempted
  • Chapter 13 — Hard Times
  • Chapter 14 — In Normandy
  • Chapter 15 — Taken by Surprise
  • Chapter 16 — Brought to Light
  • Chapter 17 — Another Victim
  • Chapter 18 — A Crown of Thorns
  • Chapter 19 — Found at Last

Characters:

  • Peter Blake — a weatherworn sailor.
  • Bessie — Peter's wife.
  • Nannie — Peter's child.
  • Victor — the teenage brother of Peter.
  • Bessie's cousin — a sail maker, he owns the house Peter and Bessie live in.
  • Captain Norcott — The captain of the Dolphin.
  • Fleck — a crew member, a sly foxy-looking man.
  • Penrose— a deceitful greedy owner of boats.
  • Arthur Penrose — the son of Penrose, the ship-owner.
  • James Blackburn — the nominal owner of the ship. Penrose's brother-in-law.

Important Scriptures:

Isaiah 40:12—Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?

Matthew 8:25—Lord, save us, or we perish.

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