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The True Confessions Of Charlotte Doyle In 1832 Charlotte Doyle began her voyage across the Atlantic Ocean on the ship The Seahawk The captian of the ship was Captian Jaggery At first Charlotte did not understand why the sailors did not like him but during her voyage she learned why During the first parts of her voyage Charlotte stayed mostly in her small cramped cabin and wandered a bit on deck She was told that she was a weak little girl and had no place on board the ship except in her cabin and with the Captian Once Charlotte befriended the cook he gave her a knife for protection She quickly hid it and forgot about it During a rebelion aboard the ship Charlotte defends one of the crew members against the captians word The captian gets angry and tells Charlotte that she must go and become one of the crew now to replace the cook that died in the rebelion So Charlotte cuts her hair loses her dresses and becomes a sailor although most of the crew does not approve she continues on Then a hurricane hit And during the confusion Charlotte is sent up on the mast to cut a sail free She slips and drops the knife she was using to cut the rope When she makes it down the mast everyone sees the first mate stabbed to death on the deck of the ship with the knife the cook once gave Charlotte The captian immediatly accuses Charlotte and puts her in the ships jail However Charlotte could not have killed the first mate because she was not using that knife while she was up on the mast While in the jail Charlotte finds that the cook never actually died but that he has been living below deck the whole time The cook and Charlotte make a plan together to escape Charlottes fate of hanging The
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