By Rudyard Kipling
A pampered millionaire's son tumbles overboard from a luxurious liner and falls into success, disguised within the type of a fishing boat. The gruff and hearty group train the younger guy to be worthy his salt as they fish the waters off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. Brimming with event and humor.
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They could hear Penn and Jason talking. Then Penn’s voice went on alone. Salters slipped off his hat, for Penn was praying. Soon, Penn came up the steps. His eyes were bright and there was sweat on his face. “He doesn’t know us,” Salters groaned. Penn spoke, as if he were speaking to strangers. “I prayed for the life of this man’s son. My own children were drowned before my eyes. And my wife and—many others. I 54 Captains Courageous 09/26/06 8:58 AM Page 55 Heading Home at Last • 7 have prayed for this man’s son.
About five years,” he said quietly. “Then I have been a burden on someone every day,” Penn said sadly. “No! ” Salters cried, twisting his hands together. “You’ve more than earned your way! ” A faint smile appeared on Penn’s face. “You are good men. ” just as they heard the bell of another boat. The Carrie Pitman was close by. A voice called out through the fog: “Disko! ” Penn cried. “We’ve got Jason on board here,” Disko said. ” “We’ve found one,” the man from the Carrie Pitman shouted. “He was snarled up in a mess of broken boards.
The busy days passed quickly. 44 Captains Courageous 09/26/06 6 8:57 AM Page 45 A Near Collision Disko was widely admired for his skill at finding good fishing grounds. So other boats watched him closely. But Disko also had a knack for slipping away from them in the fog. The skipper had two reasons for avoiding company. The first was that he preferred to make his own experiments. Secondly, he didn’t like crowded water. The more boats nearby, the more chances for accidents. Not to mention that greed could make a crew take foolish risks.
Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling