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Around the world in eighty months

Updated: December 12, 2007, 6:49 PM ET

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One of the vessels aboard the ship is a center console Triton that the mothership's four-ton crane can lift from the deck and lower into the water. On the rainy afternoon of the day after Fischer's crew took possession of the Triton, they practice just that maneuver while at the dock.

With McBride at the controls and five others pitching in, they hook the boat to the steel cradle and carefully guide it up and over the edge. Francis ...

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