Jenny Nettles

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In 1773 the ship Jenny Nettles, a sweet-sailing brigantine with the figurehead of a beautiful Highland woman attached to her bow, leaves Liverpool with a hold full of fine goods and a new captain at her helm. But there are secrets on board this ship now, and soon the crew will discover the truth of a ghostly vengeance that only death can make right.


Told in the spirit of an old sailor’s fireside tale, “Jenny Nettles” is a middle-grade supernatural story set on the high seas, featuring true-to-life historical detail, real seafaring superstitions, and a delicate introduction to the atrocities suffered by the Scottish Highlanders after the Battle of Culloden and the Jacobite Rebellion. First published in Bruce Coville’s Book of Spine Tinglers, “Jenny Nettles” provides a spooky scare and an engaging gateway to learning more.


A special Debra Doyle Memorial Edition, this ebook contains updated formatting, a memorial page for the late Dr. Doyle, and an all-new "Making of" essay written by James D. Macdonald specifically for this edition.


On October the fourth of the year 1773, the brigantine Jenny Nettles, merchantman out of New Bedford, made port. No sooner was she tied up than the crew was at work with block and tackle, with hammer and chisel, unshipping the figurehead.


They lifted it up and swung it ashore, the carved and painted wooden statue of a woman in Highland garb, and laid it down on the pier. Then six men on either side they carried it shoulder high to the nearest churchyard. They dug a grave, lowered the figurehead in, and said the words from the Book. When they were done they filled in the grave, set up crosses at the head and foot, and returned to the ship without a word.

None of the crew ever shipped in Jenny Nettles again, and more than one of them left the sea for good after that voyage. But not a soul among them would ever say why....


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