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I MAKE MY FIRST VOYAGE
 I SOON found that my mother's words were true. A sailor's life is
indeed a hard life.
There was no time for play on board of our ship. Even in the
fairest weather there was much work to be done.
On the very first night the wind began to blow. The waves
rolled high. The ship was tossed this way and that. Never
had I seen such a storm.
All night long the wind blew. I was so badly frightened that
I did not know what to do. I thought the ship would surely
go to the bottom.
Then I remembered my pleasant home and the words of my kind
"If I live to reach dry land," I said to myself, "I will
give up this thought of being a sailor. I will go home and
stay with my father and mother. I will never set my foot in
Day came. The storm was worse than before. I felt sure that
we were lost. But toward evening
 the sky began to clear. The wind died away. The waves went
down. The storm was over.
The next morning the sun rose bright and warm upon a smooth
sea. It was a beautiful sight.
As I stood looking out over the wide water, the first mate
came up. He was a kind man, and always friendly to me.
"Well, Bob," he said, "how do you like it? Were you
frightened by that little gale?"
"I hope you don't call it a little gale," I said. "Indeed it
was a terrible storm."
The mate laughed.
"Do you call that a storm?" he asked. "Why, it was nothing at
all. You are only a fresh-water sailor, Bob. Wait till we
have a real storm."
And so I soon forgot my fears.
Little by little, I gave up all thoughts of going home again.
"A sailor's life for me," I said.
My first voyage was not a long one.
I visited no new lands,
for the ship went only to London. But the things which I saw
in that great
city seemed very wonderful to me.
Nothing would satisfy me but to make a long voyage. I wished
to see the whole world.