Tom Swift And His Undersea Search: Or The Treasure On The Floor Of The Atlantic (1920)

By Victor Appleton

American boys' fiction less than pseudonym utilized by the Stratemeyer Syndicate who produced Tom fast sequence, Nancy Drew mysteries, the Hardy Boys, Dave Fearless and so on.

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We are going to need to pass up a couple of toes to get off the ground. " As Tom was once approximately to offer this order Ned seemed from the glass home windows. The robust searchlight were switched on and its gleams illuminated the sea within the rapid neighborhood of the craft. As used to be quite often the case, the sunshine attracted 1000's of fish of assorted shapes, sizes, and, because the waters have been tropical, attractive shades. They swarmed in entrance of the glass home windows, and Ned was once blissful to notice that there have been no huge sea creatures, like horse mackerel or large sharks. someway or different, Ned had a horror of massive fish. there have been sharks within the hot waters, he good knew, yet he was hoping they might maintain away, even supposing he didn't have to come across any within the diving go well with. Slowly the submarine started to circulation. And as she used to be being increased a little bit above the sea mattress, to let her to continue, Ned uttered an exclamation and pointed to the home windows. "Look, Tom! " he cried. "What is it? " the younger inventor requested. "Snakes! " whispered his buddy. "Millions of 'em! in the market within the water! glance how they're writhing approximately! " Tom speedy laughed. "Those aren't snakes! " he acknowledged. "That's serpent grass−−a kind of very lengthy seaweed which grows on convinced bottoms. It attains a size of 50 ft occasionally, and the serpent weed seems to be plenty like a nest of snakes. that is the way it bought its identify. i did not understand there has been any right here. yet we should have dropped down right into a mattress of it. " "Any hazard? " requested Ned. "Not that i do know of, simply it might probably make it more challenging for us to work out the break of the Pandora. " As Tom grew to become to go away the cabin the submarine all at once ceased relocating. and she or he got here to a gentle cease as if she were "snubbed" via a mooring line. "I ask yourself what is the topic! " exclaimed Tom. "We cannot have come across the damage so quickly. " At that second a guy entered the cabin. "Trouble, Mr. rapid! " he said. "What sort? " requested Tom. "Our propellers are tangled with a mass of serpent weed," was once the reply. "They're either fouled, and we won't budge. " bankruptcy XIX. THE SERPENT WEED sixty four Tom rapid And His Undersea seek "Bless my anchor chain! " ejaculated Mr. Damon. "Stuck back! " bankruptcy XX. THE satan FISH It was once actual. The lengthy sinuous strands of ocean grass, identified less than the identify of "serpent weed," had stuck round the whirling propellers and there have been wound and twisted very tightly. simply as occasionally the strict line will get so tightly twisted round a motor boat propeller as to require hours of labor with an awl to loose it, the seaweed used to be twisted round the blades of the M. N. 1. Slowly the undersea craft got here to a cease, and there she remained, floating freely sufficient, yet a number of ft above the ground of the sea. there has been a glance of alarm at the faces of Ned and Mr. Damon, yet Tom quick smiled. "This is tense, and should reason us delay," he introduced, "but there is not any hazard. " "How are we to get loose from the weed? " requested Mr. Damon. "We cannot movement if it is wound round our propellers, do we? " "Not very well," Tom spoke back. "But all that may need to be performed can be for a few of us to place on diving fits, exit and chop the strands of weed away.

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