- Author: Robert Michael Ballantyne
- Copyright: Public domain
- Published in: 1900
- Word count: 32,325 words (≈ about 2 hours)
Excerpt: "In all the wide expanse of ocean that surrounded that island, there was nothing visible save one small, solitary speck on the far-off horizon. It might have been mistaken for a seagull, but it was in reality a raft—a mass of spars and planks rudely bound together with ropes. A boat’s mast rose from the centre of it, on which hung a rag of sail, and a small red flag drooped motionless from its summit.