Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling

By Rudyard Kipling

A pampered millionaire's son tumbles overboard from a luxurious liner and falls into luck, 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 experience and humor.

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A clamor of voices filled the air. The splash of oars was so loud it must have carried for miles. 57 Captains Courageous 09/26/06 8:58 AM Page 58 CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS That day, the water was full of tiny silver fish called caplin. The crews were trying to net as many as possible, for they were fine bait. As the huge schools of caplin made the sea fizz like soda water, the cod leapt after them. It was wonderful fishing—but the dories were so close together their fishing lines snarled. Harvey found himself in hot argument with two men at a time.

Then he heard a crack like a trunk thrown onto a sidewalk. ” Harvey gasped. ” Dan shouted as he quickly hauled 51 Captains Courageous 09/26/06 8:58 AM Page 52 CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS out a dory. “There’s a boat over there! Keep ringing! ” In half a minute, most of the crew were in dories. Only Harvey, Penn, and the cook stayed on board. The mast of a fishing boat, snapped clean across, floated by. An empty green dory bumped against the We’re Here. Something face down was in the water. It was a man—but not all of him!

Cheyne had spent little time with his son. He’d thought they’d have time together in the future. When Harvey was finished with college, Mr. Cheyne would take him into the business.

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