A Pirate story

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A Pirate story

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Nov 22, 2011, 10:04am

I am trying to recall the name of a book I read many years ago as a teenager. I believe it was about pirates (I think I remember Bluebeard) and I remember a scene early on in the book where a young boy was snooping in a storage room where he wasn't supposed to be and to avoid getting caught he had to crawl inside a casket with a corspe. I can't remember many other details - I just remember lovng the story and I would love to read it again. Does the above scene ring any bells with anyone?

Nov 22, 2011, 10:12am

Maybe Moonfleet by John Meade Falkner? Although I would have said the focus was more on smugglers than pirates :)

In 1757, fifteen-year-old John Trenchard discovers a secret tunnel that leads to the burial vault of Blackbeard the pirate, and a cryptic note that discloses the whereabouts of the legendary Blackbeard diamond - a veritable King's ransom. The jewel was safely hidden and undiscovered until John, driven by his curiosity and lust for adventure, searches for the gem and gets more than he bargained for in the process.

Nov 22, 2011, 4:39pm

Edited: Nov 22, 2011, 7:22pm

The casket scene starts at the end of Chapter III of Moonfleet. He hids behind the casket, but when he is getting out his hands goes into it and he finds out the corpse is Blackbeard.

Nov 23, 2011, 8:53pm

Oh thank you so much. As soon as I heard the title I remembered it. It is Moonfleet. And Nerilka, thank you for the brief description. It brought the whole story back to me. You made me day!