A group of sailors desert from a ship to live amongst the Islanders. However their drunken and violent ways alienate the villagers, who take their revenge when the Islander wife of one of the men dies after he strikes her in a drunken rage.
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ySouth Sea SupercargoLouis Becke,
A. Grove Day
Brisbane:Jacaranda Press,1967Z5390221967selected work short story A collection of stories, some of which feature Becke's alter ego, Tom Denison. Others are apparently based on his one-time employer in Apia, Mrs Mary Macfarlane, and the blackbirder 'Bully' Hayes, as well as other characters he encountered in his Pacific wanderings. The stories draw heavily on Becke's own experiences and certainly have autobiographical components but they are not, as Professor Day's introduction implies, autobiographical in the strictest sense of the word.Brisbane:Jacaranda Press,1967