Louise and Larry Stealing the Ship

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There are wonderful insights here too. It is true that they really gave it their best shot especially since their tug was way older and also slower than the Buckhorn tugs.
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I think their stealing the ship just adds to the drama. I enjoy stories with multiple plot lines but are still tied together by some common goal or moral. In this case its a race against time, the secretive corp. that's in the middle of all this, and the characters one way or another are all tied to this abandoned boat.

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They didn't steal the ship, at the beginning of the story the owners were on different missions therefore only Louise and Larry picked the distress call from the ship. That is when they set forth to tow the ship and they needed this opportunity to save their company.

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Louise and Larry saw an opportunity to salvage their business and they grabbed it.

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While claiming the ship was something they were desperate about in order to save their business, I do not think this was a steal. This was simply work and the ship was already abandoned, so they were legally free to claim it.
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It seems implied therein that the rule of the game was that whoever got to an abandoned ship and set up the tug ropes first, 'won the tender' to tow the ship. At no point did they or any of their crew bring up the issue of stealing or undercutting Buckhorn to get to the ship. Otherwise, Buckhorn wouldn't have easily backed off, if this wasn't the case.
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shaz1994 wrote:
12 Apr 2019, 03:28
They didn't steal the ship, at the beginning of the story the owners were on different missions therefore only Louise and Larry picked the distress call from the ship. That is when they set forth to tow the ship and they needed this opportunity to save their company.
This is true. In the business world, there is a lot of competition and for a salvage company that was on the verge of closure due to financial constraints, any person could have resorted to this. After all, there are maritime laws that govern such issues I believe.
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It's not called stealing. Anyway, their decision to tow the abandoned Express is a risk on its own. They are betting that they can claim the ship and use the reward money to alleviate their financial problems.

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I got the impression that the abandoned ship was fair game and didn't consider it stealing.

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CatInTheHat wrote:
01 Apr 2019, 10:05
Technically, they weren't stealing. That's how the salvage tows work. The first one to secure the abandoned boat gets to tow it and make a claim on its contents. The insurance pays them for the recovered boat and items. At least that's how it works in the U.S.
From the context in the book, I felt that it was a 'first come' sort of situation. Glad to know that it's actually in the rules!! Makes the book that much better, to me, anyway.

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Cecilia_L wrote:
24 Apr 2019, 11:33
I got the impression that the abandoned ship was fair game and didn't consider it stealing.
I got the same impression. It was a salvage operation. There is probably some law somewhere that governs salvage, but it does seem like a lost ship would be up for grabs.

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Renu G wrote:
01 Apr 2019, 05:40
What are your thoughts about Louise and Larry competing with the owner's tugs and managing to steal the boat?
It was a lost and abandoned ship. Through their efforts and risks, they were able to get the ship towed back to port. Stealing? I didn't see it that way at all.

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They were in need and on the lookout for money.An opportunity presented itself and they just couldn't resist.Many people would have done the same.
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Smiley 25 wrote:
08 Apr 2019, 23:14
At first I kind of felt like they were stealing it, but as I read on I saw that this wasn’t the case. I can’t imagine how hard salvaging ships would be. Aside from the elements, securing the ship and making sure no one does anything under handed to take it from you would be really hard work. It was interesting to learn about this. I never really thought much about what happens to abandoned ships. I guess I assumed that whoever owns them would go get them if they wanted to recover them. I enjoyed learning while reading a good story too.
This business seems to be filled with a lot of adventures but also risks that could prove catastrophic and fatal as well. Larry and Louise were determined. No one would undertake such a task unless fully persuaded to do so. They were raising against faster tugs than their old ship.
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I am one person who enjoyed the towing part of the story very much apart from the incident where Larry's lower leg gets snapped by the towing cable. Louise's qualities were largely revealed through this part.
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