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Back in his quarters his uneasiness persisted. He told So-nya that he would sleep on the settee in his day cabin, so as to be more readily available in the event of any emergency. She did not argue with him; she, too, felt a growing tension in the air. It could have been that she was sensitive to his moods but, she told him, she didn’t think so. ” He laughed. “A tropical revolving storm is not wicked, my dear. ” They said good night then, and she retired to the bedroom and he disposed himself comfortably on the settee.

Margolies: The quartermaster put the wheel hard to starboard. Mr. Younghusband: And did you look at the rudder indicator? It has been suggested that steering gear failure was a cause of the collision. Mr. Margolies: Yes, I looked. The pointer was hard over to starboard. And so it went on. It was established finally that both Masters had done all the right things, although Captain Hazzard should have realized that a delay was inevitable when switching directly from full ahead to full astern. It was thought that a tidal eddy had been responsible for the collision.

Grimes fell in love with Sonya Winneck from the very start. She was, of course, his first sea command; nonetheless, she made an immediate appeal to the eye, even to the eye of one who, for all his admiral’s commission, had very little practical knowledge of oceangoing ships. The lady was a tramp, but the tramp was also a lady. Five hundred feet long overall, she was, with a seventy-foot beam. Bridge and funnel—the latter scarlet, with a black top and two nnrrow black bands—were amidships. Her upperworks and deck cranes were white, her hull green with a yellow ribbon.

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