While some de­lays can seem a lit­tle ar­bi­trary, holdups of­ten re­sult in amus­ing anec­dotes. In­deed, our first failed at­tempt con­cluded with our mis­for­tunes doc­u­mented in a news­pa­per clip­ping. A failed mutiny aboard a San Fran­cisco-bound ship di­verted to Honolulu cost us dear, while brib­ing the cap­tain of a pad­dle steamer to speed up re­sulted in the over­worked en­gine ex­plod­ing. Fore­warned is fore­armed, and you’ll know what to avoid on a re­turn trip.

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