Down South or Yacht Adventure in Florida

Oliver Optic (1822 - 1897)

"Down South" is the fifth and last volume but one of the "Great Western Series." The action of the story is confined entirely to Florida; and this fact may seem to belie the title of the Series. But the young yachtsman still maintains his hold upon the scenes of his earlier life in Michigan, and his letters come regularly from that State. If he were old enough to vote, he could do so only in Michigan; and therefore he has not lost his right to claim a residence there during his temporary sojourn in the South. Besides, half his ship's company are Western boys, who carry with them from "The Great Western" family of States whatever influence they possess in their wanderings through other sections of the grand American Union.

The same characters who have figured in other volumes of the Series are again presented, though others are introduced. The hero is as straightforward, resolute, and self-reliant as ever. His yacht adventures consist of various excursions on the St. Johns River, from its mouth to a point above the head of ordinary navigation, with a run across to Indian River, on the sea-coast, a trip up the Ocklawaha, to the Lake Country of Florida, and shorter runs up the smaller streams. The yachtmen and his passengers try their hand at shooting alligators as well as more valuable game in the "sportsman's paradise" of the South, and find excellent fishing in both fresh and salt water.

Apart from the adventures incident to the cruise of the yacht in so interesting a region as Florida, the volume, like its predecessors in the Series, has its own story, relating to the life-history of the hero. But his career mingles with the events peculiar to the region in which he journeys, and many of his associates are men of the "sunny South." In any clime, he is the same young man of high aims and noble purposes. The remaining volume will follow him in his cruise the Gulf of Mexico, and up the Mississippi.
DORCHESTER, MASS., August 25, 1880. (Introduction by the Author)

This story was written by Adams under the pseudonym of Oliver Optic.

Genre(s): Action & Adventure Fiction, General Fiction, Nautical & Marine Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Making a Florida Port Stevan Simmons
Play 02 02 - Our Liberal Passengers Stevan Simmons
Play 03 03 - A Native Floridan Stevan Simmons
Play 04 04 - A Trip up the San Sebastian Stevan Simmons
Play 05 05 - Saved from the Burning House Stevan Simmons
Play 06 06 - Moonlight and Music on Board Stevan Simmons
Play 07 07 - The Enemy in a New Business Stevan Simmons
Play 08 08 - A Disagreeable Room-Mate Stevan Simmons
Play 09 09 - A Battle with the Serpent Stevan Simmons
Play 10 10 - The Fellow in the Lock-Up Stevan Simmons
Play 11 11 - The Hon. Pardon Tiffany's Warning Stevan Simmons
Play 12 12 - Suggestions of another Conspiracy Stevan Simmons
Play 13 13 - Mr. Cobbington and his Pet Rattlesnake Stevan Simmons
Play 14 14 - The Excursion to Fort George Island Stevan Simmons
Play 15 15 - A War of Words Stevan Simmons
Play 16 16 - Griffin Leeds at a Discount Stevan Simmons
Play 17 17 - Poor Griff and his Counsel Stevan Simmons
Play 18 18 - The Excursion to Mandarin Stevan Simmons
Play 19 19 - The Adventures of an Invalid Stevan Simmons
Play 20 20 - Difficulties in the Way of Departure Stevan Simmons
Play 21 21 - A Visit to Orange Park Stevan Simmons
Play 22 22 - Fishing in Doctor's Lake Stevan Simmons
Play 23 23 - Trolling for Black Bass Stevan Simmons
Play 24 24 - Green Cove Springs and Governor's Creek Stevan Simmons
Play 25 25 - Alligator-Shooting on Black Creek Stevan Simmons
Play 26 26 - On Board of the Wetumpka Stevan Simmons
Play 27 27 - Up the Ocklawaha to Lake Griffin Stevan Simmons
Play 28 28 - An Expedition to Indian River Stevan Simmons
Play 29 29 - A Mysterious Shot Stevan Simmons
Play 30 30 - Shooting in the Forest and being Shot Stevan Simmons