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I’ve seen you do it. ” “Never mind that now. I’m talking about surface ships. ” Grimes was starting to get annoyed with his wife. ” “But are they superstitions? ” “Hogwash,” said Grimes. ” She slumped in her deep chair, struck a cigarillo on her thumbnail, put it to her mouth, looked at her husband through the wreathing smoke. “All right. ” Sonya nudged with a slim, sandaled foot the bulky Aquarian Registry, which lay open on the deck in front of her. ” “P ... ” muttered Grimes. “P ... N ... ” “But you don’t like to,” she scoffed.

Southern Hemisphere, he thought. Clockwise circulation, and the low barometer on my left hand ... Now that he had something to work on he might as well avoid the center with its confused, heavy seas. “Bring her round to starboard easily,” he told the Second Officer. ” The officer went to the controls of the autopilot. Grimes watched the bows swinging slowly, then said, “That should do, Mr. ” Grimes went back into the chartroom, looked down at the chart, busied himself briefly with parallel rulers and dividers.

Not good. ” The young man stood away from the chart so that Grimes could see, indicated the other ship’s position with the point of a pencil. “Here, sir. Just twenty miles south of the Low Grenadines. ” “Not good,” said Grimes again. “Not good at all. —and that given by the disabled ship. One hundred and fifty nautical miles ... And Sonya Winneck would have to turn, putting the wind right aft. With her high superstructure this should mean a marked increase of speed ... Suppose she made twenty knots over the ground ...

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