Powder monkey / Paul Dowswell.
By: Dowswell, Paul.Material type: BookSeries: The adventures of Sam Witchall: ; Dowswell, Paul. Adventures of Sam Witchall: Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2005Description: 275 pages : map ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0747577048 (hbk.) :; 0747580332 (pbk.) :.Subject(s): Great Britain. Royal Navy -- History -- 19th century -- Juvenile fiction | Seafaring life -- Juvenile fiction | Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Juvenile fiction | Young adult fiction -- Juvenile fiction | War -- History -- Juvenile fiction | Sea stories -- Juvenile fiction | Children's historical fiction | Young adult sea stories | Young adult adventure stories | Seafaring life -- Young adult fiction | Great Britain -- History, Naval -- 19th century -- Young adult fiction | Great Britain -- History, Naval -- 19th century -- Juvenile fictionGenre/Form: Children's fiction. | Sea stories. | Children's stories. | Action and adventure fiction.DDC classification: Young Adult
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Sam is desperate to leave his sleepy Norfolk village and see the world. He seizes the chance to join a merchant ship but soon discovers that a life at sea is harsh and often short, especially when his ship is attacked by a French privateer. About to be boarded, they fear all is lost, but the privateers are driven off by the appearance of a Royal Navy ship. Sam's relief is short-lived. Soon after, another Navy ship sends over a press gang, and he is forced to join the frigate Miranda .War with France and Spain is raging and Sam is caught in the middle with a dangerous job as a powder monkey (carrying gunpowder from barrels in the powder magazine to men waiting by the cannons on the gun deck).
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Followed by: Prison ship.