Apr 7, 2016
Jack London is considered to be one of the greatest adventure writers of the literary world. His life was an adventure...and he drew heavily from his own experiences. At age 13 he was working 12-18 hours a week in a cannery in San Francisco, and by age 15, he borrowed enough to buy his own sloop, which he put to work pirating oysters. The oyster industry was booming due to a huge demand nationwide from restaurants, and the "Oyster pirates" were stealing oysters from the shallow bay bottoms that were difficult for those licensing those areas to protect, and selling them in Oakland for less than the market price established by the larger, legal monopolies. London soon changed his vocation to game warden, working with the "Fish Patrol" that hunted down oyster poachers and put them in jail or fined them. This story is a part of Jack Londons' "Seven Stories of the Fish Patrol".