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The Submarine Boys' Trial Trip

Victor G. Durham

Book Overview: 

The torpedo submarine's inventor, Jack Farnum, is looking for investors to help him kick his new shipyard into high gear. He already has his crew set, with sixteen year old Jack Benson as the captain, and his friend Hal Hastings running the engines. But, there may be some changes to the crew of the Pollard on the horizon.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Eph was not far behind them.

"Oh, my crew," nodded Mr. Farnum, looking up. "You remember our experiment, the other day, of having a man leave the boat while under water? Some other problems have come up in that connection. So I sent word to the young men, asking them to step over to the office as soon as convenient. I guess they did not quite understand, and were busy at the time, so that they have come over a little too late. I will step to the door, and so inform them."

Here was the diversion for which Mr. Melville had just been wishing.

"Don't dismiss them, please," urged the capitalist. "On the contrary, will you be good enough to ask them to step in here? There is something that it might be as well to make clear before them."

Bowing slightly, as he rose, Jacob Farnum stepped to the door, opening it.

"Come right in, boys," he requested. "Mr. Melville . . . Read More

Community Reviews

The boys continue working with the submarine, hoping to get a contract with the Navy. However, there are dastardly plans afoot from a thwarted investor. I really enjoy these old boys' adventure stories.

This "boy's book" from 1909 was a fun read. There are two main plots in this story. Can the owner of the submarine that the boys pilot be sold to the US Navy, thus getting a contract that saves the shipyard from going under? Will the boy's latest invention, how to escape a sub stuck on the bottom...more

A lark of a read, really, for a former submariner.