The latest book from our collection to be converted into a Project Gutenberg text through the Distributed Proofreaders project is The Dreadnought Boys’ World Cruise, the fifth volume of a series of naval adventures. With the release of this title, all six Dreadnought Boys books are available as free eBooks.
In this particular adventure, perhaps the most episodic of the series, Ned and Herc, the titular Navy boys, find their ship taking an extended cruise with stops in Hawaii, Japan and Egypt, among other places. With each stop, like clockwork, the boys get themselves into danger and then find their way out again — often with remarkable cultural insensitivity.
Needless to say, like the rest of the series, this book does not offer much enjoyment for the contemporary reader, but it shows one way in which the United States’ role in the world was being portrayed to young readers more than a century ago, as the first World War was just about to begin.
The full book can be read online or downloaded in commonly-used eBook formats through Project Gutenberg.
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