Chapter 14 Summary

On the next trip to the ship, the father takes all his sons, except the very youngest. The father will need the boys' assistance if he wants to put the small sailboat together. The mother is reluctant to allow her sons to leave the island. Although she always worries that they will not return safely, she finally gives her blessing to the project.

Upon reaching the ship, the father notes how cleverly every piece of the unmade sailboat has been numbered to aid construction. However, the various pieces lie in a dimly lit, tightly confined space in the hull of the ship; even reaching them will be very difficult. Also, the separate pieces are very heavy. Lifting them will be a great challenge. The father and his sons...

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