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The Submarine Hunters A Story of the Naval Patrol Work in the Great War   By: (1876-1959)

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[Illustration: Cover art]

[Frontispiece: "THE BLACK CROSS FLAG WAS HAULED DOWN, AND REHOISTED UNDER THE WHITE ENSIGN"]

The Submarine Hunters

A Story of Naval Patrol Work in the Great War

BY

PERCY F. WESTERMAN

Author of

"Rounding Up the Raider" "The Dispatch Riders" "The Fight for Constantinople" &c. &c.

Illustrated by E. S. Hodgson

BLACKIE AND SON LIMITED

LONDON GLASGOW AND BOMBAY

1918

Contents

CHAP.

I. THE MYSTERIOUS MEETING ON ST. MENA'S ISLAND II. THE TABLES TURNED III. KIDNAPPED IV. THE AWAKENING V. ABOARD U75 VI. THE TRAMP VII. ON THE BED OF THE SEA VIII. BALKED BY A SEA PLANE IX. THE LANDING AT PORT TREHERNE X. A TREACHEROUS PLOT XI. PREPARATIONS XII. THE WHITE FLAG AND AFTERWARDS XIII. THE ARM OF THE LAW XIV. A FRUITLESS QUEST XV. THE ADMIRAL WORKS THE ORACLE XVI. H.M.S. "CAPELLA" XVII. A DOUBLE BAG XVIII. THE SMOKE SIGNALS XIX. THAT FRIDAY NIGHT XX. TO THE RESCUE XXI. ADRIFT IN THE CHANNEL XXII. AN UNEXPECTED CAPTURE XXIII. MINED XXIV. "SHRAP" XXV. OFF THE BELGIAN COAST XXVI. DISABLED IN MID AIR XXVII. NOT ON PAROLE XXVIII. ALMOST RECAPTURED XXIX. BOUND FOR THE BALTIC XXX. THE AFFAIR OFF KIEL

Illustrations

"THE BLACK CROSS FLAG WAS HAULED DOWN AND RE HOISTED UNDER THE WHITE ENSIGN" . . . . . . . . . Frontispiece

THE INTERVIEW WITH THE GERMAN CAPTAIN (missing from book)

"'D'YE KEN YON?' ASKED THE BRITISH SKIPPER, AS HE EYED THE PODGY GERMAN LEUTNANT WITH CONTEMPT"

"THE 'TREMENDOUS' WAS HEADING STRAIGHT FOR THE DOOMED SUBMARINE"

THE SINKING OF THE "ORONTABELLA" (missing from book)

"THE WORK OF DEMOLITION WAS ACCOMPLISHED"

THE SUBMARINE HUNTERS

CHAPTER I

The Mysterious Meeting on St. Mena's Island

"We've made a proper mess of things this time!" ejaculated Ross Trefusis "or rather I have."

"It can't be helped," rejoined his chum, Vernon Haye. "We've done our level best to get her off. How long is it before the tide floats her?"

"A matter of seven or eight hours, worse luck. You see, it was only half ebb when we landed."

Ross bent down to remove a streak of bluish grey mud from his ankle.

"I wish we'd taken the rowing boat instead of this heavy old tub," he continued. "We'll be pretty peckish before we get back to the Hall, and dinner's at seven thirty."

Vernon laughed.

"It wouldn't be the first time I've had to go without grub," he remarked. "If you don't mind, I don't."

"Then it's no use standing here," said Ross. "Let's get on our shoes and go for a stroll."

Vernon Haye was a broad shouldered lad of fifteen, with clear cut features and dark hair. His companion was of about the same age, but a good two inches taller. His complexion was florid, his hair of an auburn tint that narrowly escaped coming within the category of red or ginger. His features were full and rounded. In short, he was a typical Cornish youth.

Ross's father, Admiral Paul Trefusis, lived at Killigwent Hall, a large, rambling, sixteenth century house, standing within a mile of the sea on the North Cornish coast.

Both lads went to the same public school, but owing to the fact that Vernon's father, Captain Haye, was on active service with the Grand Fleet, young Haye was spending the summer holidays with his chum at Killigwent Hall.

That afternoon the lads had taken a small sailing boat and had made for St. Mena's Island, a small rocky piece of land lying about a mile off shore, and nearly five miles from Killigwent Cove. The island was roughly three quarters of a mile in length, and four hundred yards wide in the broadest part. The north and west sides were precipitous, but on the side nearest to the mainland the ground sloped gradually, and was indented by several narrow tidal coves... Continue reading book >>




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