Modern Era Other Nautical Fiction
Held to Ransom
- ME Other Nautical Fiction
- By Percy F. Westerman
Sir Montague Corton decides to answer an advertisement offering a Mediterranean cruise in the ex-naval craft Zenna. His little party includes Major Haworth, his old friend, and his son Hugh, and Hugh's friend Alastair. They had no means of knowing that the Cornish Skipper and mate had actually stolen the yacht in the absence of her owner.
The two scamps were not content merely to get the money for the cruise; amongst the islands of the Greek archipelago was one where they had a very dubious friend of their war-time days, one Psaros; it seemed to them that by his aid they might extort worth-while ransom from Sir Montague.
Thus, after an eventful cruise, the two boys are handed over to Psaros, while the rest of the party are held prisoner on the craft. Things do not work out as the rogues expected; their friend Psaro has become practically dictator of the island, and is not at all likely to give them the share of the booty they expect.
However, that question never arises, for the two boys, taking terrific risks, escape from their fortress prison, borrow a felucca and are presently picked up by a British destroyer. After that events move swiftly and excitingly to the release of the party on the boat and the final dramatic finish of the rascally Greek.
Author: Percy F. Westerman
Title: Held to Ransom
First Published by: Blackie and Son Ltd.
Place: London & Glasgow
Written specifically for Young Adults: Yes