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Duey, Kathleen
(Survival, no. 9)
New York : Aladdin, 1999.
IL 3-6
ISBN 0689825447
It's been four long years since Rebecca Whittier has seen her friends in New Bedford. Her father is the captain of the whaler Vigilance and the family has been aboard for a long time. Rebecca hopes that they find enough whales soon so she can return home. Life aboard a whaling ship in 1844 is not an easy life. The food is full of insects, the men are unruly and Rebecca is forced to stay below decks most of the time. Her younger brother is not restricted and is allowed to help the men. When the men catch two whales on one day, Rebecca hopes that their journey may be coming to an end. As she and her mother bake a special treat of donuts for the men to celebrate, a strong wind picks up. As the night approaches, the wind gets stronger. Little do they know that they are heading right into a hurricane. Rebecca finds herself fighting for survival along side a young indentured servant.
SUBJECTS:     Whaling -- Fiction
                        Hurricanes -- Fiction
                        Sea stories


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