The Orphan Corsairs by Xaak Doyle

Three aspiring young friends; Nathaniel Wrigglesworth, Phineas Ingledew and Darnell Skivington convince retired pirate captain, Rocco Slaughter, and his first mate, Scupper, to take them and several of the other boys of the St. Rufinus, Silvanus and Victalicus Orphanage on account as crew members of the Sea Witch to escape the evil schoolmaster Patrick McIllvan. The ever challenging high seas and places they visit teach valuable lessons in this exciting novel.
As they seek freedom and find adventure, the boys discover that not everything is easily attained and that in each life decision that they make there is a result that usually requires yet another decision.
And then the inevitable happens. A female presence onboard the all male vessel adds a strange new voice, and resistance from the lads. Willow Bailey, Millicent Flavell and Bracken Hatherly join the fray, tossed from their surroundings and becoming damsels of the sea. With a host of other characters and plots weaved throughout, the stories within the story become inspiringly contagious.
"Avast, stop yer snivelin, and make no mistake, them that die'll be the lucky souls, arrgh!"
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Zach /zęk/ Spelled Pronunciation [zak]

–noun a male given name, form of Zachary or Zachariah.

Also, Zack.
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