John Rintoul, or The Fragment of the Wreck


Short Fiction

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In Katie Stewart and Other Tales      or second source:   1 volume   

The Story

In the Fife village of Elie, Captain John Rintoul and other family members plan to use their sloop to pick up goods from Anster (Anstruther), and then voyage to the Baltic. John's last-minute decision to meet them in Anster, rather than sail around the point with them, saves his life.

This early novella tells how family members cope in the aftermath, and how further news eventually reaches them about the wreck.

British publishing information

Periodical:   Blackwood's Magazine   Mar-Apr 1853

First edition:   William Blackwood and Sons (collected in Katie Stewart and Other Tales) 1892

Series and Themes

The ancient kingdom of Fife

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