Eight Men And A Duck

Eight Men And A Duck

The best man to tell you about that is Erik. ... I wanted to find it ludicrous, I really did: the slowly sinking boat, surrounded by sharks; eight men with eight sets of irritating little habits squashed into 18 metres of deck space.

Author: Nick Thorpe

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780748115495

Category: Travel

Page: 320

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Nick Thorpe was innocently travelling around South America with his wife, Ali, when he came across an American adventurer planning to sail from Chile to Easter Island on a Bolivian boat made of reeds. Inspired by the great Thor Heyerdahl, Phil Buck had recruited seven men to join him on this experiment to discover whether it might have been possible that Polynesia was first settled from South America rather than Asia. But when one of them dropped out a place in the crew became available for Nick. What followed was a somewhat bizarre expedition undertaken by a rather makeshift vessel, a couple of ducks (one of which could have only guessed at its fate) and a group of men, who, when all was said and done, weren't quite sure how to sail a boat... Brilliantly told, EIGHT MEN AND A DUCK is a feel-good, hilarious tale of storms, amateur seamen and the occasional shark.
Categories: Travel

8 Men and a Duck

8 Men and a Duck

I wondered if spending three months cooped up on an all-male raft was quite the solution he was looking for. ... Once, sensing Phil was flagging, she had presented him proudly with a birthday present ' of two live ducks, which, ...

Author: Nick Thorpe

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743233255

Category: Travel

Page: 256

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8 Men and a Duck charts the hilarious and unnerving Pacific voyage as it rolls between waves of high drama and high farce: from the five-day launch off a Chilean beach, to the bungled phone call that triggered a naval rescue alert, to the sad fate of Pedro the duck, to the constant race against the inexorable sinking of the soggy hull. On a fateful South American bus trip, journalist Nick Thorpe overheard some fellow passengers discussing an improbable plan to sail 2,500 miles from northern Chile to Easter Island on the Viracocha—a boat made of reeds. The crew's aim in reviving this pre-Incan boat-building technology was twofold: to reopen the controversial migration theories of Thor Heyerdahl, who sailed his boat the Kon-Tiki from Peru to Polynesia in 1947, and to have one heck of an adventure in the process. Thorpe talked his way on board Captain Phil Buck's Viracocha only to find himself plagued by uncertainty. Why did the crew include a tree surgeon, a jewelry salesman, and two ducks? What happened to the navigator? Did anybody actually know how to sail? And, most important, where was the life raft? Despite the best efforts of storms and sharks and fast-moving freighters, an alarming lack of sailing qualifications, and a rival explorer dogging the adventure at every turn, the crew members of the Viracocha lived to tell their extraordinary tale right through to its wickedly unexpected conclusion. Nick Thorpe's account is by turns funny, touching, and thrilling—a story of friendship, fate, and the unlikely distances people will go for real adventure.
Categories: Travel

Administrative Report

Administrative Report

The wood duck is a common nester in the Southeastern States , and consequently a portion of the wood duck hatch can occur ... During the early morning hours of the following day , 887 ducks were trapped in a drive involving eight men .

Author: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Office of Migratory Bird Management

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951P00280267D

Category: Birds

Page:

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Categories: Birds

Big Duck and Eastern Long Island s Duck Farming Industry The

Big Duck and Eastern Long Island s Duck Farming Industry  The

Here, two workers shovel four cartloads of freshly prepared mash to the ducks. The mini railroad required only two men, replacing the usual six to eight men previously needed for feeding. (Courtesy Douglas Corwin, Crescent Duck Farm.) .

Author: Dr. Susan Van Scoy

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9781467102827

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 128

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The Big Duck and Eastern Long Island's Duck Farming Industry traces the fascinating and largely unknown history of the "Long Island Duck"--a fixture on the menus of fine dining establishments around the world. The first duck farm, Atlantic Duck Farm, opened on Long Island in Speonk in 1858; however, raising ducks did not take hold until the Pekin duck breed arrived from China in 1873. Due to Long Island's waterfront properties, temperate climate, and sandy soil, along with modernization of the farming industry, duck production grew rapidly, increasing from approximately 200,000 ducks per year in 1897 to two million ducks in 1922. By 1940, nearly 100 duck farms were concentrated mainly between Eastport and Riverhead. Today, due to environmental regulations and soaring costs, only one Long Island duck farm survives--Corwin's Crescent Duck Farm in Aquebogue. However, many influences of the Long Island duck industry remain, such as the Big Duck, a duck-shaped building conceived by Martin Maurer in 1931 that was used to sell poultry and duck eggs, inspiring the famous term "duck" architecture.
Categories: Business & Economics

Eight Men and a Duck

Eight Men and a Duck

Brilliantly told, EIGHT MEN AND A DUCK is a feel-good, hilarious tale of storms, amateur seamen and the occasional shark.

Author: Nick Thorpe

Publisher:

ISBN: 0349114544

Category: Pacific Ocean

Page: 320

View: 193

Nick Thorpe was innocently travelling around South America with his wife, Ali, when he came across an American adventurer planning to sail from Chile to Easter Island on a Bolivian boat made of reeds. Inspired by the great Thor Heyerdahl, Phil Buck had recruited seven men to join him on this experiment to discover whether it might have been possible that Polynesia was first settled from South America rather than Asia. But when one of them dropped out a place in the crew became available for Nick. What followed was a somewhat bizarre expedition undertaken by a rather makeshift vessel, a couple of ducks (one of which could have only guessed at its fate) and a group of men, who, when all was said and done, weren't quite sure how to sail a boat... Brilliantly told, EIGHT MEN AND A DUCK is a feel-good, hilarious tale of storms, amateur seamen and the occasional shark.
Categories: Pacific Ocean

A Deadly Thaw

A Deadly Thaw

Duck. Propelle cutem The ice had just broken up on the northern rivers draining into Hudson Bay, creating easy ... This style of clothing kept the Indians warm without restricting them in paddling their canoes or the eight-man York ...

Author: Frederick Ross

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 9781525518270

Category: Fiction

Page: 284

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When a team of researchers from Canada’s Arctic Institute travel to York Factory to disinter a grave, they unwittingly stumble upon more than they bargained for buried in the permafrost. Their research is focused on the old Hudson Bay Company fort cemetery, where they are attempting to find a definitive cause of the famed “York Factory Complaint” of 1833 – 1836. But alongside the now-opened grave of Joseph Charles, a “company man” who had succumbed to the “complaint” in 1836, they find a Hudson’s Bay point blanket, an artifact of particular significance to the archeologist of the team, Rachel Thompson, and an indication that Chipewyan people were likely buried there as well. Upon their return from York Factory, Thompson, another member of her team, and the bush pilot who ferried them to their research site, fall gravely ill. When infectious disease interns have the good fortune to be on hand in the remote north as part of a study, they examine the ailing pilot and are horrified to confirm that he suffers from smallpox, a disease thought eradicated worldwide in 1977. A simultaneous smallpox outbreak occurs in Russia, and suddenly the world must ask the question: how could a disease surviving only within the vault-like security of the world’s two level four containment labs have been unleashed to ravage millions? Could the melting permafrost be releasing this deadly contagion? Deadly Thaw is a richly imagined story that could be ripped from news headlines emerging from a planet struggling with the impacts of global climate change. Meticulously researched, steeped in history, and offering a touching lament for the fate of many First Nations people killed by smallpox infections carried from the “old world”, the story will have readers racing to reach its end and sleepless at imagining potential terrors that might await them.
Categories: Fiction

The Crisis

The Crisis

"Ducks," sometimes called "Dukws," unloading cargo from an ocean-going freighter. Here a truck-tractor backs its heavy ... Weighed down by their equipment, six or eight men were submerged in the surf. By this time, the platoon commander ...

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ISBN:

Category:

Page: 28

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The Crisis, founded by W.E.B. Du Bois as the official publication of the NAACP, is a journal of civil rights, history, politics, and culture and seeks to educate and challenge its readers about issues that continue to plague African Americans and other communities of color. For nearly 100 years, The Crisis has been the magazine of opinion and thought leaders, decision makers, peacemakers and justice seekers. It has chronicled, informed, educated, entertained and, in many instances, set the economic, political and social agenda for our nation and its multi-ethnic citizens.
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Magill s Literary Annual 2003

Magill s Literary Annual 2003

EIGHT MEN AND A DUCK An Improbable Voyage by Reed Boat to Easter Island An improbable Voyage by Reed Boat to Easter Island Author : Nick Thorpe Publisher : Free Press ( New York ) . 240 pp . $ 24.00 Type of work : Travel Time : February ...

Author: John D. Wilson

Publisher: Salem PressInc

ISBN: 1587651297

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1100

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Magill's Literary Annual, 2003, is the fiftieth publication in a series that began in 1954. The philosophy behind the annual has been to evaluate critically 200 major examples of serious literature published during the previous year. Our focus is to provide coverage for works that are likely to be of particular interest to the general reader, that reflect the publishing trends of a given year, that add to careers of authors being taught and researched in literature programs, and that will stand the test of time. By filtering the thousands of books published each year down to two hundred notable titles, the editors have provided the busy librarian with an excellent reader's advisory tool and patrons with fodder for book discussion groups and a guide for selection. The essay-reviews in the Annual also provide a more academic, ""reference"" review of a work than is typically found in newspapers and other periodical sources. This year's works are drawn from such categories as anthropology, autobiography, biography, current affairs, diaries, economics, environment, essays, history, language, literary criticism, medicine, memoirs, nature, philosophy, poetry, psychology, religion, science, short fiction, sociology, technology, travel, and women's issues. The articles are arranged alphabetically by book title. A complete list of included titles can be found at the beginning of volume 1. Each 2,000-word article begins with a block of top matter that indicates the title, author, publisher, and price of the work. When possible, the year of the author's birth is also provided. The top matter also includes the number of pages of the book, the type of work, and, when appropriate, the time period and locale represented in the text. Next comes a capsule description of the work. When pertinent, a list of principal characters or personages, with brief descriptions, introduces the review. These original essay-reviews analyze intent and relative success of the author and the work under discussion. To assist the reader further, the articles are supplemented by a list of additional reviews for further study. Every essay includes a brief biography of the author or authors, and thumbnail photographs of the book covers and authors are included as available. At the end of volume 2 are four cumulative indexes listing works covered from the years 1977 to 2003: an index of Biographical Works by Subject, a Category Index, a Title Index, and an Author Index. The index of Biographical Works by Subject is arranged by subject rather than by author or title.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Great Frozen Sea

The Great Frozen Sea

For the same reason that the men were ordered to emblazon arms and crests on the backs of their clothes, ... 1 The eight-men sledge has six uprights eighteen inches apart. ... 2 The tents were of light, close, unbleached duck.

Author: Albert Hastings Markham

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783752442069

Category: Fiction

Page: 298

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Reproduction of the original: The Great Frozen Sea by Albert Hastings Markham
Categories: Fiction

The Federal Prison System 1964

The Federal Prison System  1964

Seven and sometimes eight men are crowded into cells designed originally for four men but now considered to have a normal capacity of ... in improvised quarters in out - of - way places , and the top floor of the duck - mill warehouse .

Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on National Penitentiaries

Publisher:

ISBN: LOC:00186793808

Category: Crime

Page: 502

View: 258

Categories: Crime