Chapter 26 Summary

The next day is spent processing the whale blubber. The blubber must be boiled and then pressed in order to extract the oil. The smell is horrendous. Everyone is happy when the task is completed.

Afterward, the father attempts to devise a rowing machine. He places an iron bar across the top of his boat. The bar is long enough to extend a foot beyond each side of the boat. Onto each end of the bar, he then attaches paddles; he rigs a cogged wheel and winds it up. When he releases the spring, the wheel turns, and the paddles move the boat forward. His family is delighted with his invention.

The father and Fritz are the first ones to try out the new contraption. As the rest of the family cheers from the beach,...

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