By Harry Harrison
A steel street below the ocean is not any longer a dream. Captain Augustine Washington and his staff of navvies are already using the tunnel below the Atlantic in an heroic feat of development. For Gus, a descendant of the notorious George Washington, carried out as a traitor after the conflict of Lexington, this can be the chance to redeem the kinfolk identify. yet his attractive fiancee has been compelled to finish their engagement, and there's a ruthless and sinister plot to break the tunnel - and Gus himself...
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All in all a complex and technical manner to tunnel and we should be very happy with the thirty feet a day we have been averaging. Except for the fact that we have thousands of miles to go. Therefore I suggest what may appear to be novel and untried, but let me assure you that this technique has been tried and found true in this country, in the tunnels under Delaware Bay and the Mississippi River and in other parts of the world such as Hong Kong Harbor. "The technique is this: the tunnel is preformed and precast and built in sections ashore— then floated to the site and sunk.
The genius behind the design and construction of the tunnel is SIR ISAMBARD BRASSEY-BRUNEL. WASHINGTON, although a fine engineer in his own right, is proud to work for SIR ISAMBARD. But the tunnel is in financial trouble, more backing is needed and the American colonies are looked to to supply the money. With this in mind WASHINGTON is placed in complete charge of the American end of the tunnel construction, a position which makes him more SIR ISAMBARD’S equal than employee. SIR ISAMBARD is greatly put out by this and refuses WASHINGTON access to his home and, at the same time, sees to it that the engagement between his daughter, IRIS, and WASHINGTON is broken.
He would have to accept it, he realized that, and learn to live with it. In the minutes that he lay there, before the door opened again, he had matured and grown measurably older so that it was almost a new individual who looked up when the captain entered for the second time. There was a bustle behind him as the first engineer, Alec, and the second officer came in, each holding firmly to the white-clad arm of a cook. He could be nothing else, a tall and solid man all in white, chef's hat rising high on his head, sallow skinned and neat moustachioed with a look of perplexity on his features.