The Motor Girls on Waters Blue or the Strange Cruise of the Tartar

The Motor Girls on Waters Blue or the Strange Cruise of the Tartar

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Excerpt: ...was the answer. "Then you think she did go down?" asked Bess. "I fear so-the sailors we picked up so affirm. All I can tell you is that, a day or so ago, as we were staggering along through the stress of the storm, the lookout sighted a small boat. No signs of life aboard were seen, but we stopped and picked it up. In the craft, which was one of the lifeboats from the Ramona, were two sailors, nearly dead from exposure, and one from hurts received." "How was he hurt?"' asked Jack. "He was shot, Senor." "Shot!" "Yes, it appears there was mutiny aboard the Ramona, as well as the horrors of the storm and shipwreck." "Mutiny!" murmured Cora, a look of horror in her eyes. "Poor, poor mother!" "You had better hear the story directly from the sailors," suggested Captain Ponchero. "I will summon the unwounded one. You will find that more satisfactory." He came, a sorry and unfortunate specimen of a Spanish sailor. There followed a rapid talk, in the Castilian tongue, between him and the captain, and the latter then said: "His story is this. They ran into the storm soon after leaving San Juan, and could not find, or, rather, did not dare to try, for the nearest harbor, as the seas were running too high to make it safe to go through the narrow entrance. They had to keep on, and this caused discontent among some of the crew. "There was an uprising-a mutiny, and some of them tried to leave in the boats. The brave captain would not let them, but he was overpowered, and the mutineers, in the face of certain danger, turned the ship to put back to a harbor which the captain had passed because of the danger of trying to enter it in the storm." "But how did the sailor get shot?" asked Jack. "He worked against the mutineers-he and his comrade here," the captain answered. "Then those who had revolted, and seized the ship, ordered into small boats all who would not throw in their lot with them. So these two, with only a little food and water, were put adrift in the...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236700511
  • 9781236700513