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“We are not afraid to die…. If we can all be together” BY-GORDAN COOK AND ALAN EAST
Captain JamesCook, FRS, RN (7November1728[NB 1] – 14February 1779)was a Britishexplorer, navigatorand cartographerwho ultimatelyrose to the rank ofcaptain in theRoyal Navy.
The routes of Captain James Cooks voyages. The first voyage is shownin red, second voyage in green, and third voyage in blue. The route ofCooks crew following his death is shown as a dashed blue line.
Character’s of the story:-NarratorMary(wife)Jonathan(son)Suzanne(daughter)American Larry vigil andSwiss Herb seigler(crewmen)
IntroductionNarrator:-A man of great courage , commitment andconviction .proved to be the best captain as well as the bestfather with upending gift and determination.Marry :- A wife who always stood by her husband side Inall times of difficulty and consider her dreams as her own.Suzanne:-She was a brave girl .her bravery ,toughenedher father’s resolve to fight the sea’s strong storm toothand nail.Jonathan :-Jonathan shows of bravery and his fearlessnessin the face of the death highlights his characters .herejuvenated the hope of his father by remarking - “We arenot afraid to die if we can all be together.
On july 1976On July 1976 they sailed for journey to world voyage .theytried to duplicate the round the world voyage made 20 yearearlier by james cook in their professionally ship-TheWAVEWALKER.
First leg of the journey->They pleasantly sailed down from west coast of africato cape town.-> then further they sailed to southern Indian ocean.
First sign of implementing disaster->They faced encountered strong wind on second day ofcapetown and was continued for few weeks.->waves rised to 15m long as high as mast.
Disaster and its aftermath->6p.m:teremendousexplosion shock thedeck and powerful flow of water broke overthe ship.->wave walker was getting sunk andcaptain was badly injured.->captain kept courage and found thewheel and lind up the stern for next wave.
Crew men shows off the unparalledstrength ->they started pumping out water and settled to make Neccesory repairs to save the boat from shinking . ->they managed to stretch canvas and secure water proof hatch cover across gaping holes.
Others problem arose->electric pump short circuit .->water level rose threateningly.->daughter suzanne was badly injured.
Only hope for the captain->to reach the island ,which was only possible if the windwill slow down .->to reach amsterdam , which is few 100 kms to the East.
Showing off the exemplory courage->Jonathan said “we are not afraid to dieif we all can be together”.->Jonathan courage and sue braveryinstead of her bumped head inpired thecaptain to fight the sea and protect hisfamily.
Crucial days (jan 4-5)->after 36 hours of continuous pumpingthere was only few water left.->they hoisted the storm jib and headed indirection of two island.->black clouds built at 4:00 p.m and seawas getting its waves higher.
Safe at last->on jan 6 they saw “wave walker” ride outstorm and wind eased.->they expected to see the island at 5:00p.m but they wake up at 6:00 p.m andthought they missed the island.->but they were wrong and they touchedthe shore at ILE AMSTERDAM.
Significance of the title->the title is taken from the jonathan’sremark – “we are not afraid to die if we canall be together”.->it brings out the bravery ,grit and courageof the captains family and love each memberhas for other’s.
Theme of the story->human nature of knowing and taking onchallenges.->human instinct for survival.->human bravery , grit,courage unity anddetermination which in this story isexhibited even by small children.
Theme of the story->element of luck.->faith in one’s optimism ,not dispairinghope even in difficult circumstances andsharp presence of mind.->instrumental qualities of a captain whichproved journey successful even after stronghurdles.