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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: 756
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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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  • 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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