The prison crew, along with Sal and Blas, slept on the deck below the enlisted men, one deck above the pigs. Altogether, the Spanish galleon included six levels; ballast and cargo, livestock, prison workers, enlisted military, officers—and finally, the captain and his clergy guests. Sal and Blas drew the worst job on the ship. Many men were sick after breathing the livestock stench and sleeping in the cold dampness. As the weeks turned into months at sea, more than two dozen men became stiff and smelled of death. Sal and B las were assigned to haul their corpses to the main deck and throw the bodies overboard.
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