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No one had predicted the storm before the ship left the port of San Francisco ten days earlier.So large and fierce was the storm that even if the captain had received a telegraph it would have been too late for the doomed ship, crew, and its three civilian passengers.Now they were above the swirling waves and saw Walter jump over the side and disappear into the murky water as they had done moments earlier.After a few tense moments Walter surfaced and swam to them, helping Grace and Thomas onto a large plank of wood torn from the rapidly submerging ship. Sit on my lap and talk about the first thing that pops up?
The Tern Schooner, Pacific Trader, had been thrashed for hours by the extreme waves brought on by a deadly typhoon.
It was the early 1900's and sea travel was dangerous and reserved for the wealthiest individuals, business trade, or the very brave.
Danger came in many forms, not the least of which was the unpredictable weather.
The Pacific Trader was a thousand miles from the nearest deep water port, sailing on the wide open Pacific Ocean, headed for the Philippine Islands.
While it was a fast vessel, it was no match for the huge and fast moving storm.