The first edition of this book is dated 1883. The edition used is dated 1883. The publisher was James Nisbet & Co. Ltd., 22 Berners St., London. The number of pages is 246.
Until about 1817 the Algerine pirates were a great nuisance, capturing vessels in the Mediterranean and beyond, and even making raiding excursions as far afield as the shores of England. They made slaves of the Europeans they captured, and over the centuries more than a million people were made into slaves. There was an attack on Algiers led by Admiral Lord Exmouth, as a result of which this nuisance was abated, and France became responsible for the North African territories involved.
The hero of the story is a young midshipman on holiday with his family at Nice on the Mediterranean shore of France. One evening he goes for a short row, but is caught out by a nasty turn in the weather. He is picked up by a pirate vessel, and taken, with others from a ship they attacked, to Algiers, where he becomes a slave. He is befriended by an African called Peter, or as he prefers, Peter the Great, He meets an English girl called Hester, and helps her to find out where her father is kept and where he is working.
Eventually they manage to escape, including Peter, and make their way back to England. (Athelstane)
High adventure by Ballantyne, fully illustrated.
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