First Edition. Nautical adventure novel of a group of escaped prisoners from a French penal colony who take to the open water for liberation. Author's first book. Basis for the 1940 MGM film "Strange Cargo" directed by Frank Borzage and starring Clark Gable and Peter Lorre. Near Fine but for fading to cloth color at spine, in Very Good dustjacket but for wide gauge scotch tape reinforcing spine, chipped at spine ends.