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By W. E. Johns

Whilst 0 visibility forces Biggles to land his Vandal amphibian airplane at the North Sea he thinks he's simply received a place of aeroplane trouble. larger difficulty is forward for Biggles while he is taking an unchartered journey in a flying boat manned through 'Blackbeard' - a cohort of the Russian Airfleet and companion in a plot to bomb Britain.

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We are drifting ashore. ' 'Are you convinced? ' 'Positive. i will listen waves lapping. ' Biggles moved quickly via to the cockpit simply because the computer gave a lurch and remained tilted on its part. 'You're right,' he stated softly, 'we're aground. what is concerning the time? ' 'I do not know, however it has to be getting on in the direction of daylight,' responded Smyth, who was once protecting watch with Ginger. 'I see; get up Mr Lacey, one in every of you, will you? ' Biggles climbed over the facet and located he might stand in approximately toes of water. The fog used to be, if any-thing, extra dense than ever, and within the darkness it was once very unlikely to determine a backyard. 'What approximately it? ' requested Algy, becoming a member of him. Biggles drew a deep breath and shook his head doubtfully. 'God knows,' he acknowledged, 'this has bought me baffled. We might be at the mainland and we should be on an island; we should be simply aground in shoal water. We daren't probability leaving the laptop; we should always by no means locate it back during this muck, and if we occur to be on a sandbank we should always be in a large number. i don't believe anyone might cross 5 yards during this with no wasting all experience of path. The desktop may well even waft away and go away us stranded if we left her. i do not even comprehend even if the tide goes in or out, so inside of ten mins the computer can be both afloat back, or excessive and dry. ' 'Someone may stick with the computing device and be in contact with the others by means of shouting. ' 'Useless! it is hopeless to attempt and find a valid during this type of stuff; one second it sort of feels to return from one course and the following from in different places. we won't find the money for to lose the Vandal. i am afraid we will need to take a seat tight until eventually the fog lifts. How lengthy is our anchor line? we would tie anyone directly to the tip of it and permit him do just a little exploring. ' 'About fifty or sixty toes' 'Get it out, will you. ' 'I'll do the exploring,' prompt Ginger. 'No, you do not, my lad, now not this time. Tie the rope around your waist, Algy, and we are going to pay it out from the following. You provide a tug in case you are looking to come back-we'd greater now not do any shouting. pass immediately forward and take a look at to determine if we are at the shore. If we're, we now have not anything to worry from Blackbeard, simply because lets make a bolt for it if it got here to the worst, even though I will be sorry to need to depart the computer. ' Algy tied the rope to his belt and disappeared into the darkness at the shallow part of the computer. He remained away for thus lengthy with none type of sign that the others started to get frightened, for the road used to be out at its complete size. eventually the predicted tug got here, and he reappeared, soaked to the outside, and his enamel chattered with chilly. 'I cannot make it out,' he stated as he scrambled aboard. 'There's dry sand a number of yards forward, yet i will pay attention water at the different facet. i am afraid it is a sandbank. I went as much as the fitting after-wards, so far as the road could allow, and that i heard anyone conversing. It seemed like or 3 humans having a controversy. ' 'How distant? ' requested Biggles speedy. 'It's very unlikely to assert, yet no more than 100 yards on the outdoors, I should still imagine. The fog, while you are out in it, is just appalling.

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