Whale Adventure

By Willard Price

Hal and Roger Hunt are hoping to have a whale of a time once they comply with sign up for the group of a whaling send. yet as they start operating for the evil Captain Grindle, face risky battles with sharks, after which locate themselves shipwrecked, the men appreciate they're approximately to have an even bigger event than they bargained for.

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Don’ permit him idiot you,’ acknowledged Durkins. ‘He don’t be aware of the captain of that send from Adam. in addition to, they ain’t comin’ to gam with us. See, they’ve already replaced path. ’ yes adequate, the motor vessel had became and used to be now crusing parallel with the Killer, nonetheless approximately 3 miles off. Durkins studied it via binoculars. ‘It’s a catcher,’ he stated. ‘What’s a catcher? ’ It used to be Roger who requested the query, and Mr Scott who replied. ‘A send despatched out to seize whales,’ he stated. ‘We do it the outdated approach - they do it the trendy approach. They kill the whale with a harpoon fired from a cannon. Then they tow it to the manufacturing unit send. ’ ‘Factory send? ’ ‘Yes. you will discover it - away past - simply at the horizon. ’ the place sea and sky met Roger can make out no longer one yet a few ships. One used to be very huge, the others a lot smaller. ‘The small ones are catchers, similar to this one,’ stated Scott. ‘The colossal one is the manufacturing facility send. ’ ‘Why do they name it a manufacturing facility send? ’ ‘Because it’s outfitted with every kind of equipment to show whales into oil. It takes us all day, occasionally or 3 days, to strategy one whale. A manufacturing facility send can positioned via 4 dozen whales an afternoon. a wide manufacturing facility send can preserve a fleet of 8 or ten catchers busy, combing the seas looking for whales. ’ Hal, too, used to be listening and used to be as as his more youthful brother. ‘It will be nice if shall we get aboard a manufacturing facility send or catcher,’ he stated, ‘and see how the hot method compares with the previous. ’ ‘Perhaps with reliable good fortune, you will,’ acknowledged Scott. Hal was once to recollect that comment. ‘With stable luck,’ Scott had acknowledged. It was once to be undesirable success, now not reliable, that may introduce the men to trendy whaling. bankruptcy 22 break out - virtually evening closed in over the send of the mutineers. The breeze held regular, the sails wanted no trimming, the boys have been idle. Down within the fo’c’sle they ate and talked over the occasions of the day. On deck all was once quiet. The helmsman dozed over the wheel. The caged captain attempted the four-foot mattress of slats that he had designed for the ache of his males. He gave it up and lay at the deck. The deck was once rainy with spray, and chilly. His dinner were bread and water. Grindle used to be sorry for himself. It didn't take place to him to be sorry for all of the others he had positioned into this wretched little legal. outdoors of the brig stood a safeguard. This used to be the seaman Brad. Brad spent part his time observing his prisoner and part in regards to the lighting of the catcher that had stopped crusing for the evening and lay hove to a couple miles off. ‘Brad,’ whispered the captain hoarsely. Brad got here as regards to the bars, ‘Listen,’ Grindle whispered, ‘how approximately getting me out of the following? ’ ‘Me, get you out? close up and fall asleep. ’ ‘It will be worthy your whereas. ’ ‘Why? ’ ‘It could store your neck. ’ ‘I don’t understand what you’re speaking approximately. ’ ‘Heavens, guy, don’t you recognize what occurs to mutineers? each guy could be hanged through the neck till lifeless. All other than you. if you happen to follow me I’ll see that you simply get off scot loose. along with, there’ll be a few profit it for you.

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