The Rover Boys on the Ocean , Arthur M. Winfield
The Rover Boys on the Ocean
Arthur M. Winfield
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The Rover Boys was a popular juvenile series written by Arthur M. Winfield, a pseudonym for Edward Stratemeyer. Thirty titles were published between 1899 and 1926 and the books remained in print for years afterward. The Rover Boys on the Ocean, or, A Chase for a Fortune was published in 1899. “The Rover Boys on the Ocean” is a complete tale in itself, but forms a companion volume to “The Rover Boys at School,” which preceded it. “In the present tale [the author] related the particulars of an ocean trip, which, from a small and unpretentious beginning, developed into something entirely unlooked for an outing calculated to test the nerves of the bravest of American youths. How Dick, Tom, and Sam, and their friends stood it, and how they triumphed over their enemies, I will leave for the story itself to explain.”

The Rover Boys on the Ocean

or a Chase for a Fortune

by
Arthur M. Winfield


Introduction

My dear Boys: “The Rover Boys on the Ocean” is a complete tale initself, but forms a companion volume to “The Rover Boys atSchool,” which preceded it.

In the former volume I tried to give my young readers a glimpseof life as it actually is in one of our famous military boardingschools, with its brightness and shadows, its trials andtriumphs, its little plots and counterplots, its mental andphysical contests, and all that goes to make up such anexistence; in the present tale I have given a little more ofthis, and also related the particulars of an ocean trip, which,from a small and unpretentious beginning, developed intosomething entirely unlooked for an outing calculated to test thenerves of the bravest of American youths. How Dick, Tom, andSam, and their friends stood it, and how they triumphed overtheir enemies, I will leave for the story itself to explain.This volume will be followed by another, to be entitled, “TheRover Boys in the jungle,” telling of curious adventures in theheart of Africa.

As the first volume of the series was so I well received, my onewish is that the present tale may find equal favor at your hands.

Affectionately and sincerely yours,
EDWARD STRATEMEYER
September 20, 1899


Chapter I.
Something about the Rover Boys

“Luff up a little, Sam, or the Spray will run on the rocks.”

“All right, Dick. I haven’t got sailing down quite as fine as youyet. How far do you suppose we are from Albany?”

“Not over eight or nine miles. If this wind holds out we’ll makethat city by six o’clock. I’ll tell you what, sailing on theHudson suits me first-rate.”

“And it suits me, too,” put in Tom Rover, addressing both ofhis brothers. “I like it ten times better than staying on UncleRandolph’s farm.”

“But I can’t say that I like it better than life at Putnam Hall,”smiled Sam Rover, as he threw over the tiller of the littleyacht. “I’m quite anxious to meet Captain Putnam and Fred,Frank, and Larry again.”

“Oh, so am I,” answered Tom Rover. “But an outing on the Hudsonis just the best of a vacation. By the way, I wonder if all ofour old friends will be back?”

“Most of them will be.”

“And our enemies?”

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