2011 Totem Head Story Contest Finalist: "The Admiral of the Ocean Sea" By Josiah.
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The Admiral of the Ocean Sea
Written By:   Josiah.

So there I was, decoding chicken scratch with a powerful microscope. Archeologists had recently discovered a small document, and I was asked to decipher it!

First I deciphered this poem, "In 1492, Gertrude McCluck sailed the ocean blue." By the end of the week, I had decoded more from this Gertrude McCluck, who claimed to be the rightful Admiral of the Ocean Sea. In her autobiography she wrote:

I, Gertrude McCluck, was given to the now well-known Christopher Columbus as a present for his 8th birthday. His father was a wool weaver, and Chris worked at the loom. To pass the time I told him stories of the sea, which I had learned from my grandfather who had lived in Portugal in the courts of King Henry the Navigator. Chris nicknamed me Niña, which means girl. With my encouragement, he went to sea at the age of 14. While Chris was out sailing I sketched maps of the world. Finally I convinced Chris to sail west to reach the Indies. Since I had connections in Portugal, we traveled there and asked the King for provisions for our voyage west. He said no. I suggested to Chris that we ask the King and Queen of Spain. They said no at first and Chris rode away dejected. However, I refused to give up and convinced them to say yes. We left on August 3, 1492, with three ships, the Pinta, the Santa Maria, and the Niña, named after me, of course!

After three weeks, Chris said, "Niña, my dove, we must turn back!"

I persuaded him to sail on and convince the unruly crew who also wanted turn back. What chickens! On October 12, 1492, land was sighted, and I told Chris, "This is a new world." He never did believe me!

So ends the amazing autobiography of Gertrude McCluck, the real "Admiral of the Ocean Sea."




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