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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.
“Hank, you have a special job. You’re to work at the Junk Yard. You see, its getting a little too full. You’re to take scrap to a village called Old Buzz.”
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“Hank, you have a special job. You’re to work at the Junk Yard. You see, its getting a little too full. You’re to take scrap to a villiage called Old Buzz.”
 
“Where’s that?” asked Hank.
 
“Where’s that?” asked Hank.
 
“Pearl will explain more when you get there,” said the Dispatcher.
 
“Pearl will explain more when you get there,” said the Dispatcher.
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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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“I’ll be back,” called Hank.
 
“I’ll be back,” called Hank.
   
That night he told the others about Sammy and Old Buzz Village.
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That night he told the others about Sammy and Old Buzz Villiage.
 
“I’m glad we can help Old Buzz,” said Theodore.
 
“I’m glad we can help Old Buzz,” said Theodore.
 
“I’d like to go there,” said Foduck thoughtfully.
 
“I’d like to go there,” said Foduck thoughtfully.
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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.”
   
George arrived at the village. Sammy spotted him.
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George arrived at the villiage. Sammy spotted him.
 
“You’re not Hank,” he said surprised.
 
“You’re not Hank,” he said surprised.
 
“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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When the Dispatcher heard about this he called over the radio for George. When George arrived he knew he was in trouble.
 
When the Dispatcher heard about this he called over the radio for George. When George arrived he knew he was in trouble.
 
“Why did you do Hank’s job?” asked the Dispatcher.
 
“Why did you do Hank’s job?” asked the Dispatcher.
“Because I was jealous,” said George. “I wanted to see Old Buzz Village.”
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“Because I was jealous,” said George. “I wanted to see Old Buzz Villiage.”
 
“George, you’ll get your chance to go there,” said the Dispatcher kindly. “But you should be happy for Hank. He deserved the job.”
 
“George, you’ll get your chance to go there,” said the Dispatcher kindly. “But you should be happy for Hank. He deserved the job.”
 
George thought about this for a long time. Then:
 
George thought about this for a long time. Then:
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“Thanks George,” said Hank politely. “What do you think though?”
 
“Thanks George,” said Hank politely. “What do you think though?”
 
“About what?”
 
“About what?”
“The village!” laughed Hank.
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“The villiage!” laughed Hank.
 
George smiled. He knew Hank wasn’t angry with him, and he began telling Hank about what he thought about it.
 
George smiled. He knew Hank wasn’t angry with him, and he began telling Hank about what he thought about it.
 
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