Scapha parva in litorem insulae remotae projecta nautam macie confectum continebat. Nauta est Mexicanus qui, ut dicit, vela dedit abhinc sedecim menses ad piscendum. Sed navis, machinā defectā, aestu trans Oceanum Pacificum delata est.
octo miliens milia passuum iter factum est, in quo comes nautae mortuus est, sed hic superest quod pluvias colligeret et testudines piscesque manibus rapiret. Navi eiectā in litorem Ebonis insulae exivit in quo perpauci habitant. Alii dicunt nautam esse quam longissime in fluctibus iactatum, alii dicunt eum esse mendacem qui haudquaqum sic longe in scaphā parvā superesse posset.
A small boat, washed up on the shore of a remote island, held an exhausted and emaciated sailor. The sailor is Mexican and he says that he set sail sixteen months ago to go fishing. But his boat, with its motor broken, was carried by the current across the Pacific. The distance was 8000 miles; his companion died, but the sailor survived by collecting rainwater and catching turtles and fish with his hands. He landed when the boat washed up on the shore of the island of Ebon, on which very few people live. Some people say that he has survived the longest time adrift on the sea, others say that he is a liar because there is no way he could have survived so long in a small boat.