Thursday, April 7, 2011

"Rescue at Sea" by Edcon Publishing.




The "Butterfly" is in serious trouble now that it is caught in a hurricane.

Captain John had five young men as his crew. They set sail late in the afternoon of Saturday, June 26,1975, from the island of Bermuda. All six had vacationed there since Wednesday, resting and enjoying themselves. At the start of their voyage, the ocean was as smooth as glass. Each of the six men was eager to begin the pleasant journey home to New York. Because there was no sign of a breeze, Captain John ran the motor of his sailboat, "Butterfly," both day and night.

When the wind picked up on Sunday, several of the crew raised the sails of the "Butterfly." They enjoyed most of the day, thankful for the gentle breeze. They watched the flying fish and the birds that followed them. By afternoon, the winds grew stronger, and as they did, the waves grew larger in size. In the evening, clouds covered the sky and rain began. By Sunday night, the storm had become a hurricane, and the six men were in serious danger. A hurricane is the most dangerous of all large storms. In these storms there are heavy rains and strong winds that travel
at speeds of seventy-five miles or more an hour. These dangerous winds cause damage over a great distance to everything in their path. The "Butterfly," a small boat about thirty feet long, could easily be wrecked by a hurricane.

Because of the high winds and the rough seas, Captain John and four of the crew became sea sick and were not able to do much work. This left only one young man, Howard, in charge of steering the "Butterfly." Howard had never sailed a boat before, but he took charge for six hours while his friends rested. The little boat was tossed and thrown about by waves. The rain continued to hammer down.

Howard began to lose hope of ever being saved. As he grew more tired, he began to think that he and his friends would drown. Even as he thought this, things began to go wrong. Late Sunday night, one of the sails began to split. Shortly after this, the radio stopped working, making it impossible for Howard to reach another ship. Not too much later, Howard noticed that the small boat was beginning to fill with water.

The sea began to break over the "Butterfly." Howard thought it would be just a matter of time before they would all be lost at sea. He knew that the "Butterfly" had been blown off its course. He had little hope of someone rescuing them.

At one o'clock Monday morning, Captain John was finally able to help Howard. He took over the wheel of the "Butterfly," asking Howard to tie him into a chair so that he would not be thrown into the water. When Howard shouted his fears, Captain John refused to listen. instead, the captain tried to calm Howard, telling him he should never give up hope. Captain John continued to talk to Howard over the roar of the ocean, telling him that men had worked their way through more terrible problems than this. He said they would be saved only if they worked hard and did not give up hope.

It was hours later when Captain John first spotted the light of a ship in the distance. As he headed his boat toward the light, Howard tried to radio again. To his surprise, he reached the other ship. The men on the "Butterfly" were amazed at the size of the other ship as it came near. It was a huge ship from Russia, many times larger than the "Butterfly", and was far safer in a hurricane.

Over the radio, the men made plans for their rescue. By using large ropes, the crew from the Russian ship would lift them to safety. Howard, swinging in the strong wind, was the first man lifted over the wild water. He landed safely on the larger ship, and the other men followed. Captain John was the last to leave the "Butterfly."

When the six men were safe on the Russian ship, they danced and shouted with joy. The Russian men were kind. They gave them food and warm clothing, and allowed them to sleep in the most comfortable rooms. They all continued the voyage to New York. The Russian ship arrived there on Wednesday, the storm far behind. The thankful crew of the "Butterfly" shook hands with their Russian friends, grateful to them for their kindness. Then the men from the "Butterfly" shook hands with Captain John and Howard, thanking them. The men realized that the courage and hope of Captain John and Howard had helped save their lives.

COMPREHENSION CHECK

1.Captain John's boat, the "Butterfly," _____________
a. ran only by motor.
b. had both motor and sails.
c. was huge in size.
d. had no motor.

2. In a hurricane, ________________
a. there is no wind.
b. there is no rain.
c. there are strong winds and rain.
d. there is little danger.

3. Howard and his friends ________________
a. were on vacation.
b. lived in Bermuda.
c. worked in Bermuda.
d. did not like ships.

4. The "Butterfly" was blown _____________________
a. back to Bermuda.
b. off course.
c. near an English ship.
d. to New York.

5. The young man named Howard ___________________________
a. very often steered ships.
b. did not like sailing.
c. was very seasick.
d. had never steered a ship before.

6. The men were rescued ______________
a. by a Russian ship.
b. by a small boat.
c. by a sea plane.
d. when the storm was over.

7. The men on the rescue ship ________________
a. were not friendly or kind.
b. were in great danger from the storm.
c. were lost at sea.
d. gave Captain John and his crew the most comfortable rooms.

8. When Captain John saw the light of the huge ship, ________________
a. he was more frightened than before.
b. he thought that they would drown.
c. he thought that they might be rescued.
d. he was angry with Howard for not seeing it.

9. Another name for this story could be ________________
a. "Travel in Bermuda."
b. "Courage at Sea."
c. "Hurricanes."
d. "How to Sail a Ship."

10. This story is mainly about ____________________
a. the danger of travel by ship.
b. Bermuda as a vacation island.
c. Russian rescue ships.
d. not giving up hope when faced with difficulty.

Life in an Ant Colony

Susan B. Anthony


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