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By Scott O'Dell

Jim Lynne is idly taking part in darts in Liverpool whilst his brother, Ted, calls him over to a desk to invite a query in regards to the send that he's engaged on. it kind of feels the send, enigmatically named the 290, isn't the shipment send that folks are asserting it's. no matter what its objective, it truly is definitely equipped for velocity. yet Jim thinks he is aware that objective: it truly is being equipped for the accomplice navy.

And so launches the tale of the intertwined fates of a boat and a boy. The send might pass down in heritage as some of the most well-known vessels of the Civil warfare. initially the 290, she may emerge as often called the Alabama. Jim, whose father is a slave dealer, must reconcile his personal hatred for slavery together with his love for the send he made and the captain who sails her. future will provide him an opportunity to just do that...

"Once back [Scott O'Dell] is ready to refract common topics of liberty and self-awareness via history's prism."
-School Library Journal

"The writer screens his designated presents for distilling importance from ancient subject and for facing the ocean. ... With vigorous dialog and with expanding rigidity, from confrontations at sea and aboard Jim's send, the writer crisply tells the tale, skillfully integrating ancient parts. ... instantly captures the reader's interest." -Horn publication

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I don’t keep in mind, other than as soon as while Father took us to Cuba i used to be mountaineering the ladder of the large send and he grabbed carry of my arm and stated I couldn’t cross aboard since it used to be wearing affliction. one of many sailors had smallpox. I do not forget that yet little else. ” “What’s the main ecocnomic of all of the cargoes they bring about within the Indies? ” Ted requested. “Slaves, i suppose. ” “You’re correct, Jim. Slaves from Port-au-Prince to Cienfuegos. To the entire plantations in Cuba. via the millions. ” 10 THE 290 He had ordered a haunch of venison and he was once slicing it up into dozens of small items. He had performed an analogous factor while he was once more youthful. It stricken me then and it troubled me now. “Father, as you recognize, hauled a few of these thousands,” my brother acknowledged. “He rounded up slaves all over the place Haiti and took them to Cuba. He has a typical barracoon in Port-auPrince the place he retains them until eventually they're offered. ” Ted glanced up at me. “He’s a slave dealer, you recognize. ” “I didn’t comprehend. ” “You understand now. ” “Slave buying and selling is illegal,” I acknowledged. “Sure, yet that doesn’t make any distinction on your father. He’s promoting extra slaves than he ever did. ” “I don’t think it. ” My brother shook his head, as though he pitied my lack of information. “Remember the time you desired to pass aboard the Chubasco? ” he defined. “Well, you didn’t move on board simply because your father grabbed you via the arm and acknowledged that there has been ailment aboard. It wasn’t illness the send carried. It used to be a number of hundred Negroes filled within the carry. In an area sufficiently big for 100. i used to be there. I observed him seize your arm to maintain you off the send. You keep in mind that good simply because you’ve spoken of it. Do you have in mind the stink that got here welling up out of the ship’s insides? and also you eleven SCOTT O’DELL requested Father what the undesirable odor was once and he stated it got here from the affliction aboard the send? ” I remembered the scent. I tasted it now as I ate the venison I had ordered. It used to be on my tongue, in my throat. I acknowledged not anything. I couldn’t. due to the fact i used to be speechless, my brother went on along with his venison, sipping ale and making mournful noises in among, as though the previous haunted him. “I can see, Jim, that you simply haven’t given the warfare loads of proposal. yet why for those who, dwelling the following in England this type of very long time. You’re extra English now than American, judging out of your outfits, how you speak, and how you think that, your entire get-up. ” “Underneath, I’m a Southerner. ” “You may be one and nonetheless no longer are looking to struggle for slavery. ” “I haven’t proposal a lot approximately slavery, yet i know that from what I take into account and what I’ve heard the following in Liverpool, i'm useless set opposed to it. ” “Then try to be combating for the North. you want to support eliminate the Agrippina. You don’t have to do greater than you must, brain you. And consider the cash. i suppose you may use an additional pound or . ” 12 3 T ed and that i bumped into one another tomorrow on the major gate of the Laird shipyard. It used to be a sour chilly morning. we'd were cozy contained in the hot pub, no longer a dozen steps away, yet my brother, I presume, didn't want to be overheard.

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