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By Arthur Ransome

In the 10th instalment of the Swallows and Amazons sequence, the younger group come face-to-face with the fiercest pirate of the South China Seas.
     'So long,' known as the harbourmaster. 'Don't run into Missee Lee!'

     The Swallows, Amazons and Captain Flint are on a round-the-world voyage. it has been undeniable crusing for 100 ports and now they're on their solution to China. A pleasant harbourmaster has given them a caution: to observe out for pirates roaming the waters round the chinese language coast, yet they have not paid a lot heed. until eventually the day that Gibber the monkey unintentionally sinks the trustworthy Wild Cat. Separated, captured, miles from domestic, the Swallows and Amazons are approximately to fulfill their destiny and the pirate who holds it: the mythical Missee Lee.

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You’re no longer afraid we’d attempt to grab the send? ” he stated. “Is that why you might have the guards? ” He pointed into the waist. “No,” stated leave out Lee. “You are secure adequate with us, ma’am,” stated Captain Flint. “Safe with evellybody,” acknowledged leave out Lee, quietly, her palms tapping evenly on her pistol-holster. The Shining Moon was once heading throughout in the direction of the steep cliffs. “Look, look,” cried Titty. “There’s that gorge. ” “Gosh, what a height,” stated Roger. They have been having a look now from the extent of the water into the slender gorge that they had obvious from the cliff most sensible. It was once as though an enormous had lower the nice mass of rock in with a major hatchet to make the 2 islands, Dragon and Turtle. until eventually that they had come virtually contrary the distance it had seemed as though the 2 have been one. “Must no longer pass too near,” stated pass over Lee. She pointed to a black rock sticking up out of the water as though it had fallen from the cliff. “If we pass previous that lock the cullent take us thlough … many locks … now not deep water. …” “I say, couldn’t we sail via? ” requested Nancy. “Only while the water is velly high,” acknowledged omit Lee. “Many locks, a whirlpool. … Velly dangelous. you'll discover after we closs the blidge. ” “What’s it referred to as? ” requested Titty. “Loaring Gorge,” acknowledged pass over Lee. “Why roaring? ” “Because the noise of the water there echoes among the cliffs. ” “And what’s the river known as? ” pass over Lee acknowledged a chinese language identify and translated it. “Silver Liver. ” “And the only at the different aspect? ” “Dead Water. ” “Why lifeless? ” requested Roger. “Because it's not a liver from now on. outdated liver ran there. Closed on the most sensible. No cullent thlough it. this is why while this liver rises the water pours thlough into the previous liver and makes the noise within the gorge. ” “Has anyone ever sailed via? ” requested Nancy. “When water velly excessive, yes,” acknowledged omit Lee. “Have you? ” requested Roger. “Long ago,” acknowledged pass over Lee. “And my father used to be velly angly. He stated that one junk captain roughly used to be regardless of yet for me it was once lisking an excessive amount of. ” omit Lee laughed, and, just about the black rock, sang out a unmarried be aware in chinese language and positioned the tiller over. The Shining Moon swung around, the chinese language sailors trimmed the sheets, and some moments later, on reflection, they can see the mouth of the gorge not. With a number of extra tacks they have been nearing the mouth of the river and searching on the small forts, one on both sides. shut alongside the financial institution above every one citadel was once what seemed like an extended raft moored to the shore, or even a lot of logs floated down from a few wooded area additional up. “Do you ship bushes out from the following? ” requested Captain Flint, relatively forgetting leave out Lee’s right company. “No,” stated leave out Lee with amusing whilst she observed what he was once . “When an enemy tlies to come back in we will pull logs mild acloss the liver. ” “Has anyone ever attempted? ” requested Nancy. “Long time ago,” acknowledged pass over Lee. “But the growth is usually leady. ” “What occurred? ” requested Roger. “The enemy junks didn't see the increase within the dark,” stated omit Lee, quietly placing the send approximately as she spoke. “Two junks lammed the growth and sank.

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