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The twelve metre yacht Vixen with owner/skipper thirty-two year old Ian
Townsend and his eight year old son David, arrived in San Francisco on
Christmas day from Vancouver Canada. The immigration officer was unaware
that Ian had abducted his son from Social Services after his wife’s death
and was on the run.
Ian placed an advertisement for crew resulting in David being taken
hostage to force his father to carry a cargo of illegal weapons to
Mexico. Ian overcame two of the kidnappers, rescued David then sailed out
of the harbour.
Peter, Sarah and Beverly answered Ian’s advertisement for an unpaid crew
in Los Angeles. Halfway to Tahiti, Beverly, dying of anoxia from severe
seasickness was a great difficulty put aboard on ship headed to Hawaii.
Arriving in Hawaii, Ian was charged with murdering Beverly when the
authorities informed him that Beverly did not exist in the ship carrying
her. Eventually released, Ian and David sailed to Honolulu. Among other
adventures ashore, while acting the Good Samaritan, he unknowingly
involved himself in a serious robbery and fled the country. They arrived
at Canton Island, a NASA missile tracking station, soon to be closed and
the assets sold to the government of American Samoa. Ian was offered a
job to run the generators and help to dismantle and crate the entire base
to be shipped out by a U.S. Naval tug and barge. After the station was
officially closed the NASA crew flew out leaving Ian and his son alone on
A North Korean long liner fishing vessel arrived to plunder the island
expecting it to be abandoned. It was a dangerous and frightening three
Later Andrew, the American supervisor of the dismantling crew was
investigated by the FBI from American Samoa for crating and sending home
office machines and electrical tools and arrested. Ian, not a party to
it, was in danger of being arrested and fled before the arrival of the
Wanted by the government of American Samoa and the FBI he and his son
played hide and seek with the air and sea search until able to escape and
then took part in the greatest adventure of their lives.