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NCERT Solutions for Class 11 English Hornbill Prose Chapter 2:We're Not Afraid to Die

The story written by Gordan Cook and Alan East is titled "We're Not Afraid to Die...if We Can All Be Together. The story is written in the first-person perspective of an unnamed 37-year-old businessman.

A 37-year-old businessman and his wife Mary dreamt of a round-the-world voyage like James Cook's 200-day voyage. They planned this voyage and practised seafaring skills for 16 years, and commissioned a 23-metre ship named Wavewalker. After testing the ship several times, they sailed off on their journey with their son Jonathan aged 6 and daughter Suzanne aged 7, from Plymouth. They navigated the ship on their own down the west coast of Africa to Cape Town. They planned to head to the east to move towards the Indian Ocean. Since their planned journey needed them to navigate across the rough waters of the Indian Ocean, they recruited two experienced crewmen named Larry Vigil and Swiss Herb Seigler to help them. The group faced strong gales as soon as they left Cape Town.

The gales brought on high waves as high as the ship's mainmast. They celebrated Christmas on the ship with the crewmen despite the bad weather. Gradually after New Year, as the days passed, the weather took a turn for the worse. The group faced "gigantic" waves, which caused the ship to rise as well. The loud and strong winds put the group in a frenzy of activities to safeguard the ship. They donned safety gear to protect themself and waited for the waves to calm down. As the sky started growing dark, the highest wave they had ever seen approached the ship. The wave threw the businessman off the ship and caused severe damage to the ship. The group tirelessly made efforts to stop the ship from capsizing. The children expressed no fear and supported their parents to soothe their minds. In the end, the ship safely reached Ile Amsterdam in the morning, where the local inhabitants rescued them, and their wounds were treated.


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