Around the World in 80 Days
Day 63: 26 November
By lunchtime we're down to 12 and a half knots and passing Malibu beach. The stars and stripes flies from the masthead, alongside the flags of Singapore and Neptune Orient Lines. We may be an ugly duckling, stacked with boxes, scuffed and yellowing in the hull, but we're 40,000 tons and eleven storeys high. A sailboat flutters perilously close to us, like a moth drawn to a light. Our deep and sonorous horn blasts out and Captain Amirapu shakes his head, 'This is the land of the free, you see. Any rich American can take his boat out right into the lane, without knowing anything.'
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- Series: Around the World in 80 Days
- Day: 63
- Date: 26 November
- Country/sea: Pacific Ocean
- Place: Santa Barbara Channel
- Book page no: 201
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