Up The Baltic Young America in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark: Large Print By Oliver Optic A WAIF ON THE NORTH SEA. "Boat on the weather bow, sir!" shouted the lookout on the top-gallant forecastle of the Young America. "Starboard!" replied Judson, the officer of the deck, as he discovered the boat, which was drifting into the track of the ship. "Starboard, sir!" responded the quartermaster in charge of the wheel. "Steady!" added the officer. "Steady, sir," repeated the quartermaster. By this time a crowd of young officers and seamen had leaped upon the top-gallant forecastle, and into the weather rigging, to obtain a view of the little boat, which, like a waif on the ocean, was drifting down towards the coast of Norway. It contained only a single person, who was either a dwarf or a boy, for he was small in stature. He lay upon a seat near the stern of the boat, with his feet on the gunwale. He was either asleep or dead, for though the ship had approached within hail, he neither moved nor made any sign. The wind was light from the southward, and the sea was quite calm. "What do you make of it, Ryder?" called the officer of the deck to the second master, who was on duty forward. "It is a flat-bottomed boat, half full of water, with a boy in it," answered Ryder. "Hail him," added the officer of the deck. "Boat, ahoy!" shouted Ryder, at the top of his lungs. We are delighted to publish this classic book as part of our extensive Classic Library collection. Many of the books in our collection have been out of print for decades, and therefore have not been accessible to the general public. The aim of our publishing program is to facilitate rapid access to this vast reservoir of literature, and our view is that this is a significant literary work, which deserves to be brought back into print after many decades. The contents of the vast majority of titles in the Classic Library have been scanned from the original works. To ensure a high quality product, each title has been meticulously hand curated by our staff. Our philosophy has been guided by a desire to provide the reader with a book that is as close as possible to ownership of the original work. We hope that you will enjoy this wonderful classic work, and that for you it becomes an enriching experience.