A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah! by Harry Harrison

By Harry Harrison

A steel street below the ocean isn't any longer a dream. Captain Augustine Washington and his workforce of navvies are already riding the tunnel below the Atlantic in an heroic feat of building. For Gus, a descendant of the notorious George Washington, finished as a traitor after the conflict of Lexington, this can be the chance to redeem the family members identify. yet his appealing fiancee has been compelled to finish their engagement, and there's a ruthless and sinister plot to ruin the tunnel - and Gus himself...

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Then Alec opened a hatch and led him down a spiral staircase to the forehold where longshoremen were putting aboard the last of the luggage, suitcases and great steamer trunks, lashing them into place with netting. A narrow walkway was left that they followed down the length of the vessel towards the stern. " Voices could be heard dimly above them accompanied by the lively strains of a merrily playing band. " "Only in the ethereal sense, tape recordings you know. " "You can say that again—or tell it to the Board of Governors if you will.

Why we'll be airborne at 50 miles an hour and inside 400 feet. Spray-suppressor grooves on both sides of the hull keep down the flying scud and smooth the sea for us. " The tugs cast off, the helmsman spun the wheel to line the ship up for the takeoff, then disengaged his controls so the captain had command. Hooting police boats had cleared the harbor of small craft. Steadying the airborne tiller with his left hand the captain rang for full ahead with his right. A faint vibration in the deck could be felt as the turbines howled up to top speed and the Queen Elizabeth slipped forward over the water, faster and faster.

That I don't know. " "Indeed. Then there is a fifty-fifty chance that the man is still aboard—if he did not follow his accomplice through the opening. But by what excuse can we examine the wrists of the passengers? The crew members are well known to us but—" He was silent on the instant, struck by some thought that darkened his face and brought upon it a certain grimness unremarked before. When he spoke again it was in the tones of absolute command. "Captain Washington, please remain here quietly.

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