West Wind Drift
"He seems a most likeable chap," explained Mr. Mott lamely. "Quite a courteous fellow, too, sir. I forgot to mention that he sent his compliments to you and asks for an interview at your earliest conven--"
"Asked for an interview? Drag him here at once--by the heels, if necessary. Tell him I shan't keep him waiting an instant," said the captain ironically.
Mr. Mott still hesitated. "In the event, sir, that he is in the midst of shaving--"
"I don't care a hang what he's in the midst of," exclaimed Captain Trigger. "Even in the midst of changing shirts. Present my compliments to him, Mr. Mott, and say that he needn't dress up on my account. I am an old-fashioned sailor-man. It is nothing new to me to see men who haven't shaved in a fortnight, and others who never change shirts."
"Very well, sir," said Mr. Mott, and departed.
Presently he reappeared with the stowaw
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A passenger/cargo ship is disabled, at sea, due to wartime sabotage. The sabotage is found out too late. A frantic search discovers some bombs before they can do damage, , but others explode.
Most of the people on board survive. The ship however, is disabled, and is in constant danger of sinking due to storm and wind. A stowaway, on-board, quickly becomes the ships best possibility of preservation, due to his experience with men and his skill for organization, in South American mining camps.
The ship and it's survivors drift westerly to an uncharted island. They plan for a long stay on the island, even as they hope for rescue.
The stowaway once again stands out as a born leader. With his help, a regular community is formed and life settles down. It settles down as well as can be expected with several hundred people forced together on a small island with no immediate hope of rescue.
Unlike the ship, the people have an opportunity to work together and chart a new course for themselves. The ship had no choice. It was at the mercy of the 'West Wind Drift'.