The Phantom Freighter (The Hardy Boys, No. 26)

By Franklin W. Dixon

Whilst eccentric Thaddeus McClintock invitations Frank and Joe Hardy to accompany him on a sea voyage, the teenage investigators turn into entangled in an internet of poser. who's attempting to block the 3 from securing reservation on freighter ships that hold passengers? The made up our minds efforts of Frank and Joe bring about a damaging video game of wits with a hoop of slippery smugglers and to a dramatic disagreement at the excessive seas. this is an exhilarating, action-filled secret that may maintain the reader on facet with suspense.

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The men went up on deck. As they have been discussing what had occurred, Captain Gramwell came around to thank them for aiding out. Then he shook his head, muttering grimly: “I can’t are aware of it. How might that shipment were loaded so badly—whoever used to be accountable goes to listen to approximately it! ” Frank and Joe checked out one another. a similar notion have been working via their minds. Then Frank spoke up. “I idea we should always inform you this, sir. we predict that it used to be performed intentionally, simply because we shipped with you. ” Joe advised him in regards to the woman’s caution. “You’ll by no means come again alive! ” The captain used to be incredulous. “Why, it’s superb that anybody could visit such lengths! ” subsequent, the lads expert him of the be aware left for Mr. McClintock, and eventually confirmed him the decoded radio message from Mr. Hardy. “Well! ” sputtered the captain. “One factor i will do is to have Sparks touch each send during this sector. If there's an unknown freighter round, we’ll perform a little investigating! ” That afternoon he referred to as the lads to his cabin, and advised them he had acquired a document on all vessels identified to be inside a three-hundred-mile radius, and had then validated radio touch with every one. “Only one send stories seeing whatever strange,” he acknowledged. “There’s an unidentified freighter that looks drifting. No symptoms of lifestyles, no reaction to signs. ” The Hardys have been yes that it used to be the conceited glers’ send. Captain Gramwell quickly set his path towards the placement indicated. “Should sight her earlier than dark,” he acknowledged. His estimation was once right. The sunlight had simply touched the horizon whilst the document got here from the crow’s nest. “Freighter at the starboard bow! ” They quickly glimpsed the darkish silhouette of a boat. Captain Gramwell gazed on the vessel via his binoculars. “Just as reported—no signal of existence. it can be a derelict. ” the daddy Neptune drew progressively nearer. “It’s known as the Black Gull,” the captain stated. “I imagine I observed a guy run around the deck simply now and dive in the back of the fo‘c’sle cabin. ” Captain Gramwell ordered flag indications run up, in case the Black Gull’s radio used to be out of fee. yet there has been no resolution. in its place, there got here a gasp of smoke from the Black Gull’s stack and the freighter started to circulation! “She’s at the run! ” Captain Gramwell exclaimed as he rang for complete pace forward. “That’s no derelict! ” “Will she break out from us? ” Frank requested apprehensively. The captain laughed. “That hulk! No boat of that style can outrun mine. ” yet to his shock and fury, the Black Gull not just remained out of succeed in yet progressively widened the space. The captain snatched up the intercom mobilephone. “What’s the problem down there? ” he demanded. “I referred to as for complete velocity and we’re no longer overtaking that send! ” “I can’t know it, sir,” back the manager engineer. “We sign in most sensible velocity. ” It was once turning out to be darkish now. Captain Gramwell, wondered by way of the shortcoming of his vessel to seize as much as the clumsy-looking Black Gull, ordered a searchlight proficient at the fleeing vessel. Frank, in the meantime, slipped all the way down to the radio room and coded out a message to Sam Radley in Boston.

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