The Dark Frigate by Charles Boardman Hawes (Paperback)
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"The Dark Frigate" is a children's historical novel written by Charles Hawes. It won the 1924 Newbery Medal. It was the second, and final, book written by Charles Hawes, as he died shortly after its publication. In seventeenth century England, a terrible accident forces orphaned Philip Marsham to flee London in fear for his life. Bred to the sea, he signs on with the "Rose of Devon," a dark frigate bound for the quiet shores of Newfoundland. Philip's bold spirit and knowledge of the sea soon win him his captain's regard. But when the "Rose of Devon" is seized in mid-ocean by a devious group of men plucked from a floating wreck, Philip is forced to accompany these "gentlemen of fortune" on their murderous expeditions. Like it or not, Philip Marsham is now a pirate--with only the hangman awaiting his return to England.