Down South; or, Yacht Adventures in Florida

Dublin Core


This is the final installment of the adventure stories, Great Western Series of a teenage man and his friends, both young and old. They yacht into the Matanzas River at St. Augustine, taking a detour up the San Sebastian River before travelling up to Jacksonville to cruise down the St. Johns to the Indian River. The party interacts with locals when not hunting, fishing, or yachting.

Other notable local locations visited include the old and new (current) St. Augustine Lighthouses, the sea wall, the Castillo de San Marcos, the U.S. Barracks (St. Francis Barracks), the St. Augustine Hotel which burned down in 1887, and St. George Street.


Down South; or, Yacht Adventures in Florida

Alternative Title

Great Western Series


Boston: Lee & Shepard





Action or Adventure


Statehood to 1887

Has Format

Available for free on HathiTrust.


Gardner, Janette C. An Annotated Bibliography of Florida Fiction, 1801-1980. St. Petersburg, FL: Little Bayou Press, 1983.

Mason, Walter Scott. The People of Florida as Portrayed in American Fiction. Nashville, TN: George Peabody College for Teachers, 1949.

McCarthy, Kevin. M. The Book Lover’s Guide to Florida. 1st ed. Sarasota, FL: Pineapple Press, 1992.

Bibliographic Citation

Optic, Oliver. Down South; or, Yacht Adventures in Florida. Boston: Lee & Shepard, 1880.


Oliver Optic [pseud. for William Taylor Adams], “Down South; or, Yacht Adventures in Florida,” St. Augustine Fiction, accessed July 18, 2024,