The Jade Pagoda Author:Rosemary Sprague Never had Dick imagined such a thing -- that he would be supercargo on the next voyage of the Warren Hastings, bound for Canton and Calcutta. Captain Jacob had told him on the way home from the Assembly Hall, and his amazement had made him stop, right in the middle on Salem's Essex Street. — He had come far in these past few months -- from bound-... more »over apprentice in cargo on Captain Jacob Crowninshield's next voyage. But he knew he had a great deal further to go. Someday, he would have his own ship and his own home and friends; and somehow he would find a way to clear his father's name of the charge of traitor.
But this first voyage was to bring Dick unexpected adventure and mystery. Life at sea, trading at Canton, tiger hunting in India were exciting in themselves. Then there was the strange behavior of Garde, and his secret meetings with the cook's boy, and the stories of a treasure in the hills above Bheerbohm. Even more, there were the complex effects of Dick's promise to Pamela Mainwaring in Salem, to investigate her father's disappearance on an earlier voyage. And through all the mystery -- the figure of Jezreel Bone, the man who had first branded Dick's father a traitor, and the shadow of the unseen and precious jade pagoda.
The people, events and customs of Salem, Canton and India at the end of the eighteenth century form a background of excitement and rich history for this vivid story.