copyright 1949; by Gertrude Robinson; The Junior Literary Guild, New York; The John C. Winston Company, Philadelphia publishers; hardbound; very good condition with unmarked, clean pages except for previous owner's name inside blank page; no dust jacket.
Chapter 1 - School O!
High in the foremast ratlines poised a bronzed hulk of a man, Peter Trench.
Chris, far below, could recognize it for Peter only because he himself had swarmed up the yards with him and helped wind him well with lashings against the choppy pitching of the twenty-ton Sparrow. Even the red head was masked now in a triangle of soiled and blackened sailcloth. He knew also that Peter's hands and feet were free and that in the knot of the rope about the mast was thrust his own long, sharp English gutting knife...