Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 7

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The dramatic final chapters of Shanghaied in which the hated crimpers come aboard, sing and play melodeons and finally our hero makes his escape.

‘And thus they volleyed up cunningly, persuasively to our men. The spiders and the flies.

‘Yes apparently Molly Fortune ashore waited feverishly to kiss their dry and salt-cracked lips. (She would kiss them for one night perhaps, and then poor Jack, Shanghaied again, with his fabulously-paid shore job yet ahead, and the night as dark as Erebus, would awaken to find the relentless arms of Father Neptune once more closely entwined about him; sans bag, sans money, sans respect, sans everything. Done again! Doped again – his sole posession “a dead horse”!)’

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For the rest of this series of posts:
Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 1

Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 2

Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 3

Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 4

Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 5

Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 6

Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 7

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Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 6

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‘At last, running at the rate of two hundred and eighty six sea miles in twenty-four hours, we dodged out of the path of the hurricane, although the seas were still foamy and lumpy, and still paid sullen visits aboard occasionally.’

Two more chapters of the most rollicking of all rollicking yarns. Today, Ben has his hair permanently remodelled, old man Smith dies in strange circumstances, and feelings run high about a shark  that follows the ship for several days and awakens superstitions in the older sailors.

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For the rest of this series of posts:
Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 1

Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 2

Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 3

Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 4

Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 5

Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 6

Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 7

Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 5

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‘One night before the gentle purr of a southerly zephyr, we stole from Iquique when all the Chilean coast a solemn stillness held.’

Three more chapters of the most rollicking of all rollicking yarns. Today, our Shanghaied heroes set sail across the Pacific; meet  a big cyclone; and, amidst the storm and high in the rigging, a bloody murder is committed.

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For the rest of this series of posts:
Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 1

Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 2

Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 3

Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 4

Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 5

Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 6

Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 7