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By Arthur Ransome

The Swallows and Amazons are crusing with Nancy and Peggy's Uncle Jim (better referred to as Captain Flint) whilst their employed deckhand tells them a story of his more youthful days - a story to set pulses racing and hopes taking pictures sky excessive. quickly their boat is on its approach to a Caribbean treasure hunt they usually locate themselves up opposed to shark, hurricane, earthquake - and the vilest pirate who ever eavesdropped at a porthole.

(Originally released in 1932)

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Someplace away to the south of them they heard a unmarried blast on a small foghorn, an identical that up until eventually then have been giving 3 hoots at a time. “Starboard tack now, and nonetheless going west,” acknowledged Peter Duck, and appeared around at Nancy with a grin. “Or no longer. I wouldn’t positioned it previous him to be making an attempt a similar methods on us we’re going to play on him. Now then. We desires no noise. It’s my trust he’ll be coming north after us this very minute. Who’s obtained stable eyes? Cap’n John. You’re in my watch. Will you move forrard, correct as much as the stem-head, and continue your eyes skinned. in case you see whatever, sing out sharp. in case you pay attention something, hold quiet, yet tell us. Cap’n Flint, sir, how’d it's to have the full staff correct alongside the deck so’s we will ship messages with out no shouting? ” “Right,” acknowledged Captain Flint who used to be busy streaming the log. 2 He knew simply the place they have been in the intervening time, however it could be a while sooner than they observed land back. John and Susan went as much as the foredeck. Peggy and Roger sat, one either side of the Swallow, at the skylights among the 2 masts. Titty leant opposed to the facet of the deckhouse. Nancy waited through the galley door able to provide the bell one other couple of whacks. “No extra, Cap’n Nancy,” acknowledged Peter Duck, simply in time. “She’s relocating now, and Black Jake’d comprehend instantaneously the sound used to be closer. ” simply then the parrot, angry at being left on my own within the saloon, sang out, “Pieces of 8! items of 8! ” on the most sensible of its voice. “Lucky I didn’t carry him on deck,” stated Titty as she moved quickly down the spouse to suppress the parrot by way of placing his blue hide over his cage. “It’s in a good reason, Polly,” she stated, as she left him and ran up on deck back in time to listen to that very same brief, unmarried blast on a horn, someplace within the fog within the path within which the Wild Cat used to be now heading. “Due south,” acknowledged Peter Duck quietly to Captain Flint. “Pretty close to due south that foghorn’s bearing now. ” Very slowly, rarely leaving a wake, slipping silently over the graceful Atlantic swell earlier than that breath of wind out of the north-west, the Wild Cat moved south within the fog. Titty seemed up and located she couldn't make certain even if the burgee used to be on the mainmast-head or no longer. John and Susan, up within the bows, seemed like ghosts, and the white jib past them made up of fog, no longer canvas. open air the send she may well see not anything in any respect other than a couple of yards of grey-green water. there has been a gradual squeak as Peter Duck became the steering-wheel. Titty observed the previous seaman say anything to Captain Flint, who moved into the lee of the deckhouse to talk to Nancy. Nancy slipped ahead to whisper to Roger, who used to be sitting at the skylight. Roger, on tiptoe, moved quickly to the better half and disappeared under. He used to be up back in a minute with Gibber’s oil-can, which he gave to Mr Duck. Mr Duck placed a drop or of oil within the correct position and the steering-gear squeaked not more. The fog signs from the lighthouses, the double growth from the Longships each 5 mins, and the howl from the Wolf each half-minute got here usually, yet they have been all listening for whatever else.

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