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William Joseph Cosens Lancaster (1851-1922) was a civil engineer who specialised in seas and harbours. He wrote Juvenile Adventures under the pseudonym Harry Collingwood. His works include: The Secret of the Sands (1879), Under the Meteor Flag: Log of a Midshipman During the French Revolutionary War (1884), The Voyage of the Aurora (1885), The Pirate Island: A Story of the West African Coast (1885), The Congo Rovers: A Story of the Slave Squadron (1886), The Log of the Flying Fish: A Story of Aerial and Submarine Peril and Adventure (1887), The Rover's Secret: A Tale of the Pirate Cays and Lagoons of Cuba (1888), The Missing Merchantman (1889), The Doctor of the Juliet (1892), Jack Beresford's Yarn (1896), For Treasure Bound (1897), The Log of a Privateersman (1897), The Homeward Voyage (1897), An Ocean Chase (1898), A Pirate of the Caribbees (1898), The Castaways (1899), Across the Spanish Main (1906), Dick Leslie's Luck (1906), Geoffrey Harrington's Adventures (1907), Blue and Grey (1908), With Airship and Submarine (1908), A Middy in Command: A Tale of the Slave Squadron (1909) and Two Gallant Sons of Devon (1913).

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  • PDF | 312 pages
  • Dodo Press (December 7, 2007)
  • English
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  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By Mark Butler on October 2, 2007

    The log of the Flying Fish is a straightforward travel book with some action thrown in to keep the reader entertained. Originally written in 1887 during a time when the public's fascination with exotic places was fueled by writers such as Jules Verne, the story follows four travellers as they journey in their amazing ship, the "flying fish", to the North Pole, a sunken ship, deepest Africa and the top of Mt. Everest.1887 was a time when the english adventurer was master of the world. He was expected to calmly smoke his cigarette in the face of charging lions and rescue damsels in distress with a combination of pluck and courage. The flying fish was piloted by just such adventurers, from Sir Reginald Elphinstone who was described as having "freely exposed himself to all known sources of peril" to Cyril Lethbridge, "a successful gold-seeker, and almost every thing else to which a spice of adventure could possibly attach itself."The four adventurers meet at their club, where Professor Heinrich von Schalckenberg claims he has discovered an incredible new power source and a new metal named "aethereum." He promises that for one hundred thousand pounds he can build a ship capable of flying through the air, on the water and under the water.About the Flying Fish herself, the author was an engineer and gave considerable thought to how things would work. His auto-pilot using a compass needle and tiny magnets around the edge connected to the rudder is a marvelous design for the technology of the times. Many of the concepts are ahead of his time and actually used today, such as pumping air "into" a submarine to add weight, and the central concept that permits the ship to float - that vacuum is lighter than air - is workable, given the incredible aethereum he has to work with.So, once they get the Flying Fish built, the four intrepid adventurers set off for the North Pole, making several discoveries and have an astonishing set of adventures. Following that, they head to deepest africa only to discover a previously unknown species of animal and then on to ancient Ophir, where they are waylaid by a wily native king and discover a group of white women in captivity. Following the successful completion of the adventure, the men head for Mt Everest, in order to be the first ones to summit it. There follows a rather unique disaster and subsequent adventure.If you are looking for great characterizations or sparkling dialog, this is not the book. The people are there simply to give a reason why the ship goes places. No attempt to flesh them out to be real people is made, not even when encountering white women captives in deepest darkest africa, who themselves are not given much space. If you are looking for a book filled with descriptions of fantastic foreign (to 1887 readers) lands and interesting encounters aboard an astonishing but possible ship, then you may want to dig this out of a used-bookstore and give it a whirl, returning if only briefly to a time when men wore dinner jackets to the parlor each night to discuss over a snifter the results of the days big-game hunting.

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  • By James R. Wilhelm on December 13, 2009

    I am a history buff, especially WW2 submarine action. Their was a USS Flying Fish, submarine that saw extensive action in the Pacific during WW2. I was disappointed to find that this Flying Fish was a late 1800's British, childrens ferry tail.The seller deserves praise for quick responce, I recieved the book 5 days after placeing my order, WELL DONE to the seller.

  • By S. Crawford on May 9, 2010

    This book was one of the seminal works starting off the science fiction genre and therefore while it would be ranked as young adult my today's standards it wasn't back when it was written. This is NOT a child's story. It also provides a fascinating window into what the thoughts, beliefs and morals of Victorian period England.

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