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Hank and the missing ship
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HANK AND THE MISSING SHIP
   
One morning the tugboats were at the morning work meeting. The Dispatcher was giving out jobs.
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One morning the tugboats were at the morning work meeting. TheDispatcher was giving out jobs.
 
“And George, you’ll be helping to bring ships into the harbour.”
 
“And George, you’ll be helping to bring ships into the harbour.”
 
George whistled twice. The tugs set off, except for Hank.
 
George whistled twice. The tugs set off, except for Hank.
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“Does this need to be done today?” asked Hank.
 
“Does this need to be done today?” asked Hank.
 
“No,” laughed Pearl, “you just have to start today.”
 
“No,” laughed Pearl, “you just have to start today.”
She sailed away to the Cargo and Ship Yard. Hank buttoned onto an old barge and set off for the ocean. George waited at the entrance as Hank left. He watched him jealously.
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She sailed away to the Cargo and Ship Yard. Hank buttoned onto an old barrage and set off for the ocean. George waited at the entrance as Hank left. He watched him jealously.
 
“I wish I had Hank’s job,” he said.
 
“I wish I had Hank’s job,” he said.
   
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“Well, I thought it’d be busier,” said Hank slowly.
 
“Well, I thought it’d be busier,” said Hank slowly.
 
“It used to be that way years ago,” sighed Sammy. “Just recently our tugboats went away. The Big Harbour is the only harbour that helps us now.”
 
“It used to be that way years ago,” sighed Sammy. “Just recently our tugboats went away. The Big Harbour is the only harbour that helps us now.”
Hank tied his barge to the dock.
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Hank tied his barrage to the dock.
 
“So you help the Big Harbour then?” he said.
 
“So you help the Big Harbour then?” he said.
 
“Oh yes,” said Sammy cheerfully. “Whatever the Big Harbour doesn’t have we have. And vise-versa.”
 
“Oh yes,” said Sammy cheerfully. “Whatever the Big Harbour doesn’t have we have. And vise-versa.”
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He didn’t have to wait long. The next morning during the work meeting the Dispatcher spoke to Hank.
 
He didn’t have to wait long. The next morning during the work meeting the Dispatcher spoke to Hank.
“There’s an oil tanker that’s waiting at the Oil Refinery. You must take her to Old Buzz right away.”
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“There’s an oiltanker that’s waiting at the Oil Refinery. You must take her to Old Buzz right away.”
 
Hank whistled twice. Then the tugs went off to work. George thought for a moment.
 
Hank whistled twice. Then the tugs went off to work. George thought for a moment.
“An oil tanker,” he thought.
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“An oiltanker,” he thought.
 
He smiled. He knew this was his chance.
 
He smiled. He knew this was his chance.
   
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“He’s doing another job,” said George as he buttoned on. “I’m helping him.”
 
“He’s doing another job,” said George as he buttoned on. “I’m helping him.”
 
“That’s very kind,” said Caleb.
 
“That’s very kind,” said Caleb.
George whistled and pulled away with the ship. Moments after he’d gone Hank arrived at the Oil Refinery. But the ship wasn’t there.
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George whistled and pulled away with the ship. Moments after he’d gone Hank arrived at theOil Refinery. But the ship wasn’t there.
 
“Where could it be?” he thought.
 
“Where could it be?” he thought.
 
Then a microphone shot out of the window.
 
Then a microphone shot out of the window.
“Goerge has taken the oil tanker,” said the manager.
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“Goerge has taken the oiltanker,” said the manager.
 
“George?” said Hank, confused. “But I was to take that ship.”
 
“George?” said Hank, confused. “But I was to take that ship.”
   
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“I’m George,” said George. “I’m helping Hank.”
 
“I’m George,” said George. “I’m helping Hank.”
 
With that George docked the ship and left for home. Soon Hank arrived with more scrap.
 
With that George docked the ship and left for home. Soon Hank arrived with more scrap.
“Who was that tugboat who took that oil tanker here?” asked Sammy.
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“Who was that tugboat who took that oiltanker here?” asked Sammy.
 
“George,” said Hank sadly.
 
“George,” said Hank sadly.
   
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