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A sea story. A ghost story. A story of supernatural revenge.

"Jenny Nettles," a short story from the award-winning and best-selling team of Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald. This story was originally published in Bruce Coville's Book of Spine Tinglers, edited by Bruce Coville, Scholastic, 1996

About 3,000 words.

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This story is included in the collection "Ghosts and Legends"


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.


Used availability for Debra Doyle's Jenny Nettles

Kindle Editions

May 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Jenny Nettles
Author(s): Debra Doyle, James D Macdonald
Publisher: Madhouse Manor
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA