By Nevil Shute
While his sister’s boat is wrecked within the Pacific, Keith Steward turns into the trustee for his little niece. with the intention to keep her from destitution he has to embark on a voyage in a small yacht in inhospitable waters.
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Yet seven 8 3 - i do know I’ve bought that someplace. ’ He pulled out the ground drawer of a protracted chest, rummaged, and pulled out a chart and laid it at the most sensible of the chest. ‘Well, there’s Tahiti,’ he acknowledged. ‘Now, Marokota. ’ He became back to the Pilot and extracted the range and longitude of the island. He laid those off upon the chart with pencil and parallel ruler, and marked the location with a bit pencil move. ‘There’s your Marokota,’ he acknowledged. ‘About 300 sea miles kind of due east of Tahiti. ’ Keith Stewart studied the chart. He had by no means noticeable one prior to, yet he had heard approximately them, and he used to be a technician. ‘All those little bits of figures,’ he stated. ‘They suggest depths? ’ ‘Depths in fathoms,’ stated Mr Sanderson. ‘A fathom is six toes. ’ Keith nodded, and stood the chart. He pulled out a packet of gamers and provided one to his host. ‘How might a chap set approximately getting in the market? ’ he requested. ‘I suggest, there’s issues to be performed - the grave, and that. I don’t similar to to enable all that move, when you comprehend me. If it was once simply over the way in which, in France - good, after all one might pass there and notice every thing performed correct. What wouldn't it expense to get to a spot like that? ’ The navigator stood in idea. ‘By air, vacationer, it may well expense approximately 300 kilos. you're capable of do it for rather less via sea. might be 2 hundred. ’ ‘That’s only for the single approach? ’ Mr Sanderson nodded. ‘The go back fare will be double. ’ Keith Stewart stated, ‘I was once afraid that that would be the scale of it. The Miniature Mechanic doesn’t pay that kind of salary packet. ’ ‘You consider it’s extremely important for you to pass there to tidy issues up? ’ The engineer nodded. ‘Yes, I do. yet there’s stuff you simply can’t do, and that’s all approximately it. ’ They talked for a short while. ultimately the navigator stated, ‘Take that chart, if it’s any solid to you. permit me have it again while you’ve performed with it. ’ Keith Stewart acknowledged goodbye and walked off down the road within the gray nightfall, the chart lower than his arm. Mr Sanderson watched him pass from front door, and went again into his sitting-room, the place his spouse used to be clearing away the tea. ‘What did you think that of him? ’ he requested her. ‘I loved him,’ she acknowledged. ‘He’s a really actual little guy. ’ ‘That’s what I thought,’ he answered. ‘He didn’t brain a section telling you instantly out that he hadn’t acquired the cash to move out to the Pacific. ’ ‘I know,’ he stated. He leaned opposed to the mantelpiece in concept. ‘Of course,’ he stated, ‘there are methods. ’ ‘Ways to get to Tahiti with none funds? ’ ‘Of path there are,’ he acknowledged smiling. ‘People get worldwide with none cash. ’ ‘How, Peter? ’ ‘In plane, whilst the burden factor’s a piece down,’ he acknowledged. ‘It’s only a query of operating the best racket. ’ nights later he rang up Keith Stewart. ‘I don’t recognize if this is often any solid to you,’ he acknowledged. ‘Do you keep in mind a chap referred to as Oliver Thorn, who had a version of the Petrolea locomotive within the Ealing and District exhibition? ’ ‘I take note him,’ stated Keith. ‘Fair-haired chap, shortish, with glasses.