The Caves at Treasure Point, Norman Island
Swathed in tales of pirates bounty, Norman Isl. was made famous by Robert Louis Stevenson's 1883 novel, "Treasure Island". Said to have been the inspiration for the location of Stevenson's classic story of betrayal, mutiny and greed, the Caves hold a fascination for sailors to this day!
Stevenson spun his tale of buried treasure around the experiences of an innkeeper's son. Young Jim Hawkins' life was forever changed when circumstances, brought about by the death of a guest at the inn, he wound up as cabin boy aboard a ship named, Hispaniola.
"And I was going to sea myself, to sea in a schooner, with a piping boatswain and pig-tailed singing seamen, to sea, bound for an unknown island, and to seek for buried treasure!"
Such lively character's as Long John Silver, Israel Hands, Benn Gunn, Dr. Livesey, Squire John Trelawney, Captain Smollett, Billy Bones, (the old pirate who died at the inn) and of course, Long John's sea going parrot named for his old friend Billy ... aka Cap'n Flint!
With their devious plan in place, Long John Silver toasted his co-conspirators with, "Here's to ourselves, and hold your luff, plenty of prizes and plenty of duff."
Throughout the novel, Stevenson made good use of the ominous sea shanty known by all sailors of the period, "Fifteen men on the dead man's chest ...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! Drink and the devil had done for the rest ...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"
"Now, what a ship was christened, so let her stay, I says" (Long John Silver)
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