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The Mutiny of the Elsinore

Jack London (1876-1916)

1. 01 - I Don’t Play Chopsticks
2. 02 - Mister Pike
3. 03 - The Greek Overboard
4. 04 - About Captain West
5. 05 - A Bughouse Crew
6. 06 - My Accomodations
7. 07 - We Never Discuss the Sailors
8. 08 - Making Sail
9. 09 - Either a Calm or a Northeast Gale
10. 10 - Mister Mellaire
11. 11 - Captain West is no Conversationalist
12. 12 - Captain West is a Samurai
13. 13 - Bedbugs!
14. 14 - Mulligan Jacobs
15. 15 - O’Sullivan Used a Razor
16. 16 - Possum Has a Fit
17. 17 - The Gangsters in the Forecastle
18. 18 - The Greek Overboard Again
19. 19 - The Daughter of Herodias
20. 20 - Miss West is Never Idle
21. 21 - Charles Davis Murdered O’Sullivan
22. 22 - Captain West Reprimands Mister Mellaire
23. 23 - Two Sharks
24. 24 - Sidney Waltham
25. 25 - Rats
26. 26 - Slaves and Masters
27. 27 - Oh dear, oh dear
28. 28 - Off the Plate
29. 29 - A Sunset and The Elsinore on Her Side
30. 30 - Number Three Hatch
31. 31 - She is Margaret
32. 32 - Old Stiff
33. 33 - Twenty-eight Point Six Four
34. 34 - Aloft in a Gale
35. 35 - A Cask and Three Devils
36. 36 - And No Westing!
37. 37 - I Have Found the Love of Woman
38. 38 - Did the Samuri Make a Mistake?
39. 39 - And God Help the Man That Don’t Jump
40. 40 - We Make Westing
41. 41 - We Are Around the Horn
42. 42 - The Mutiny of the Elsinore
43. 43 - Twenty-seven of Them Against Eleven of Us
44. 44 - Where Do They Get Their Food?
45. 45 - Our First Truce
46. 46 - A Navigator Aft
47. 47 - Two Assaults and an Ambush
48. 48 - Rough-On-Rats
49. 49 - Sulfuric Acid and Sulfur Fumes
50. 50 - The Final Chapter

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Summary

This is the story of a voyage of a sailing ship from Baltimore to Seattle, east-to-west around Cape Horn in the winter. It is set in 1913 and the glory days of “wooden ships and iron men” are long over. The Elsinore is a four-masted iron sailing vessel carrying a cargo of 5000 tons of coal. She has a “bughouse” crew of misfits and incompetents.This book was published in 1915 and some actions of some of the characters seem odd to us today. There is romance, but it is strangely platonic. Two important characters disappear with no real explanation. The disparity between the officers on the one hand and the fo’c’sle on the other is striking (literally). Some people will be offended by the bigotry.The “men against the sea” descriptions -and the weather descriptions- are among Jack London’s finest. In my opinion he is right up there with Joseph Conrad and Joshua Slocum in this effort. We also have a mutiny, complete with shootings and deliberate starvation. My personal favorite is chapter 38. Note: The chapter titles were assigned by the reader. London gave only numbers. (Introduction by Tom Crawford)