PERDITA – A lost Child

Our Mistakes

Beatrice was ecstatic to have received such able help and generosity. She started off with Johanna in the pouch on her back, and Consuela following. She soon found the old sailor in the bright yellow boat. He said he was Torrance indeed and when she told him what the Harbor Master had said and delivered her coin, he made all haste to accommodate the women in his little skiff and began rowing them out to the great ship furthest out in the moorings. Torrance tied the tiny skiff to the chain of the anchor and told the two women to wait till he returned with the Captain, and scurried up the rope ladder. Soon, he returned and rowed the little skiff in closer to the great ship and helped them navigate the rope ladder with the babe and their cloaks and packs.
Safely aboard they were met by the captain, a burly man, but bowing and telling them they were welcome on board his ship.

Beatrice now tired from struggling up the ladder, asked if they would be leaving soon. The captain said not until the tide, and that they could go and find a place to rest. He apologized that he was not expecting them, and his being a cargo ship did not have proper accommodations for ladies, but that they should be comfortable enough in the room beyond the galley, a storage room filled with bags of beans and such that they could use to be out of the elements and rest upon.