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Kingston Release Date: October 11, 2007 [EBook #22944] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE HISTORY OF LITTLE PETER *** Produced by Nick Hodson of London, England Little Peter, the Ship Boy, by W.H.G.
Kingston. ________________________________________________________________________ Peter’s mother lies dying in the first chapter, and gives him her own Bible.
Peter’s father had already died at sea, and the only family income had been what Peter earned looking after a farmer’s sheep.
After the death the little house had to be sold to settle debts, leaving virtually nothing.
Peter decides to go to sea, and makes his way to a nearby port, where, against advice, he takes a place as a ship’s boy in a coasting brig carrying cargoes of coals.
The Captain is very unkind to him, as are most of the rest of the crew, but Peter is buoyed up only by his Bible which he contrives to carry with him at all times.
In a gale the brig starts to sink and the Captain and crew abandon her in the ship’s boat, leaving Peter on board as he had been sent below to get food for the crew, and was forgotten.
However, the sinking brig grounds inside the tail of a bank, where she is sheltered from the gale.
After a couple of days he is seen and rescued by the crew of the -Primrose-, where he is taken on, again as a ship’s boy. One of the crew is a grumpy old man called Simon Hixon.
After a long time Peter and Simon become more friendly.
There is an accident and the vessel is cast up on a rock fairly nea...

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