The Young Sailor; or The Sea-Life of Tom Bowline.
A young boy sails with the ship Godolphin to the Indian Ocean, stopping at ports in the East Indies, then to China, and then to Australia.
Shipwrecked, the young hero and his shipmates reaches Banguay, a small island near Borneo, where they are captured by Malays and brought to Suba Island.
Eventually they escape and return home, but on the way back they experience a shark attack —a la Jaws— that is so gory that two sailors are confined to their hammocks, in a state of shock, for ten days. The moral of the story seems to be the ocean is dangerous, stay home.
Description: The Young Sailor; or The Sea-Life of Tom Bowline.
New York: Kiggins & Kellogg, 88 John Street. [between 1849 and 1856?]. 16pp. Printed wrappers with vignette illustration. 4½ x 2¾ inches. Wood engraved illustrations throughout variously signed including “Lossing & Co.” (i.e., Benson John Lossing), “W. Howland sc.” (i.e., William Howland), and “H.H.” “Third series.—No. 8.” at head of wrapper title and ad on rear wrapper for “Redfield’s Toy Books.” Ownership inscriptions on title page of “Miss Thomas” and “Carrie Baker.” Minor foxing and handling; Very Good.