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The Cruise of the Kawa

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Author: Walter E. Traprock (George Shepard Chappell)
Published: 1921
Language: English
Wordcount: 23,896 / 79 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73.7
LoC Category: G
Downloads: 752 6960

An idyllic journey through the islands of the South Seas aboard the Kawa, as it made it's leisurely journey through Polynesia in the years following the First World War. A parody of the usual Polynesian idyll.

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illiam Henry Thomas was the last in, having been in the bow setting off a pinwheel, when the blow hit us. We dragged him in. My last memory is of Triplett driving a nail back of the hatch-cover to keep it from sliding.

How long we were whirled in that devil's grip of the elements I cannot say. It may have been a day--it may have been a week. We were all below, battened down ... tight. At times we lost consciousness--at times we were sick--at times, both. I remember standing on Triplett's face and peering out through a salt-glazed port-hole at a world of waterspouts, as thick as forest trees, dancing, melting, crashing upon us. I sank back. This was the end ...

[Illustration: A Bewildered Botanist]

[Illustration Note: A BEWILDERED BOTANIST Here, against the background of a closely woven hedge of southern hornbeam (Carpinus Tropicalis), we see that eminent scientist, Reginald Whinney, in the act of discovering, for the first time in any country, a magnificent specimen of w

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Plot bullets

  • A trip in the South Seas.

  • A ship wreck on an unknown island.

  • The natives are friendly and the life is easy.

  • Food is plentiful especially the nut trees, thus the islands are dubbed 'The Fillberts'.

  • The island traditions are unique and humor results.



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