**85**

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captain=s log

Underway at flank with Dr. Turner, vulcanologist. He may be able to help us keep a volcano blowing its stack. It=s already erupting and that=s a bad sign. If this one blows completely, it could mean farewell southern hemisphere.

Aboard, we=re already feeling shock waves, and as strong as Seaview is, she may not be strong enough to endure it all.

Turner has a device to place inside the volcano, so its out of the frying pan and into the fire.

*

SSRN SEAVIEW

MEDICAL OFFICER=S REPORT

Examined and treated Kowalski for electrical burns and a mild knockout. He=ll be fine in a day.

Examined and treating Smithson, see notes.

Examined and treating the captain for a very serious concusion, incurred during the shock wave. He hasn=t regained conciousness and his vital signs are not good.

*

SSRN SEAVIEW

MEDICAL OFFICER=S REPORT

Finally able to examine the admiral for bruising, contusions, sprained ankle, cuts,and gashes incurred at the hands of Turner. Quite a story!

Examnined Morton and found no ill effects from his conversion into the golden slave of Turner!

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Personal Journal

Harriman Nelson

Special commendation for Kowalski and Brent for helping to implode the volcano through ingenuity, spunk, and decisivness in using the flying sub and lazer to drill the path needed for the implosion device. Also in their rescue of myself and Sharkey trapped inside the volcano.

*

SSRN SEAVIEW

MEDICAL OFFICER=S REPORT

Released Smithson to full duty.

Released Cdr. Morton to full duty.

Released the captain from sickbay but its non-duty for the time being. I=ll be examining him twice daily and keeping a sharp eye on him. He has instructions to inform me of any and I do mean Any symptoms, even headache!

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captain=s log

Back on my feet. I sure missed all the excitement! Believe it or not, Turner was over 500 years old! He was an alchemist who knew how to change molecular structures and proved it with himself and his >elixer stones= from his volcanic mine.

Adam, his 100 year old victim, was replaced by Chip, who was turned into a golden slave. Talk about a golden boy! I wouldn=t have believed it without the vidtapes.

Morton=s back to normal and its bravo time for the admiral, Ski, and Brent in them getting the Volcano under control and things back to ?normal?

*86*

TO: MORALE OFFICER, SSRN SEAVIEW

FROM: INTER ALLIED COMMAND

WE HAVE ARRANGED A LITTLE ENTERTAINMENT FOR YOU. FAMED PROFESSOR MULTIPLE WILL GIVE YOU A SPLENDID SHOW. ENJOY IT. AND THAT`S AN ORDER.

*

SSRN SEAVIEW

MEDICAL OFFICER=S REPORT

Examined and treated the admiral for minor bruising.

Examined and treated the captain for major bruising,contusions, cuts, scrapes, and two bruised ribs.

Their tale is unbelievable but they both swear to it and have demanded all hands watch the security tapes to confirm their story. They seem anxious to prove their sanity.Going to be some story.

Jamison.

*

SSRN SEAVIEW

Dear Pop,

Whew! What an adventure! And I was stuck right in themiddle of it, in a coma! Just like everybody else aboard, except the admiral and the captain.

Seems this fake Professor Multiple, who=d given us a really fine puppet show, took over the boat-with life size puppets who looked and acted just like us, sort of.

They wanted the boat to house their master machine. Sort of like a hermit crab.This machine thing from outer space needed a new shell after it=s own disintigrated in our atmosphere. And Multiple was a puppet too!

Anyway, the skipper and the admrial managed to destroy the weird thing but the skip got kinda busted up.

Then we all woke up after it was all over, sure wish I could have been in on it. But the skipper=s released the video and audio security tapes, so we=ll have an idea.

To continue, well, the skipper got busted up trying to rescue the admiral, and the admiral got busted up trying to use the lazer. The skipper had to pretend to be a puppet too! So he got hurt when he was trying to help the admiral who was out in the flying sub to get out of the weird machine thing. Well, the puppet whacked him about a lot. But he tricked them and managed to nuke the hull and Seaview rammed the thing, destroying it. So when Multiple and his fellow puppets Adied@, we all woke up. Honest!\

You might just be able to see something on TV about it all. Some reporter heard about our little adventure and wants the admiral to have an interview along with the evidence. Ya know, this time, I think the admiral just may respond!

Well, see ya.

Ski

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Personal Journal

Harriman Nelson

With reluctance, I=ve agreed to go on national TV to talk about our latest Aadventure@. I do so to insure that Washington will believe my report! I=m trying to talk Lee into accompanying me, for it was his ingenuity and sheer guts that saved us, despite his wafting on about our team effort.

*

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captain=s log

En route to the nearest port. More aliens. This time ,machine planet puppets! Sometimes I think I=m in the >Twilight Zone!=

Nelson was able to stop them from taking over the boat and putting us all to sleep.

*87*

SSRN SEAVIEW

CAPTAIN=S LOG

lTCdr Van Wyck of the Navy is aboard to assist us in the investigation of four missing warships, vanished without a trace.

Nelson will be conducting an aerial search .

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SSRN SEAVIEW

MEDICAL OFFICER=S REPORT

Examined and am treating the admiral for apparent trauma. He passed out and has had bouts of delirium, all about flying Dutchmen and curses, no less.

Jamison.

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captain=s log

I feel like a complete idiot! I should have known better, especially having been with Nelson and Seaview this long.

Well, the admiral was NOT crazy. There was indeed a >flying Dutchman= , a ship doomed to roam the sea endlessly, and Van Wyck, her master. It was he who caused the loss of the vessels and nearly Nelson and Seaview as well.

Only someone who=d come to Van Wyck=s island, and pull the dagger from the skeleton of the curse giver, a man Van Wyck killed centuries ago, could transfer the curse to someone else. The someone else chosen was Nelson.

Van Wyck=s plan almost worked but not quite. He was disposed of himself when we destroyed the island, saving Nelson and Seaview from any curse, knock on wood.

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Personal Journal

Harriman Nelson

Thanks to Lee, who finally believed me, we were able to thwart Van Wyck and the curse of the flying Dutchman.

*

TO: DEPT 1-4, US NAVY HQ

FROM: SSRN SEAVIEW

DESTROYED ISLAND RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST VESSELS. NO NATIONS WERE INVOLVED. IT WAS AN ISLAND OF INCREDIBLE DISTURBANCES.

*88*

SSRN SEAVIEW

CAPTAIN=S LOG

Underway standard to launch coordinates for the experimental undersea launch of spacecraft for the Space Exploration Agency. Strange job for Seaview, to be a launch pad! Chip will ride copilot with astronaut Bob Wilson for three orbits. S-E-A will be monitoring.

*

TO: CAPTAIN CRANE, SUBMARINE SEAVIEW

FROM: A-1 LECTURE BRUREAU

DEAR SIR, PLEASE CONSIDER GOING ON TOUR WITH OUR ORGANIZATION AS A SPEAKER. THE TOPIC TO BE THE SAFETY AND CONVENIENCE OF SPACE TRAVEL. SAW YOU THROUGH THE SATTELITE DISH. GREAT INTEREST BY MANY OF YOUR ADVENTURE ON VENUS. PAY IS SUBSTANTIAL.

P. BAKER

*

SSRN SEAVIEW

CAPTAIN=S LOG

I regret to report the loss of Wilson, killed outright by the aliens of Centar on their outpost on Venus.

Chip, Nelson, and I were also abducted and it=s quite a tale. Nelson has reconsidered my inital refusal of an interview with a lecture brureu just to stop the flood of inquiries.

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SSRN SEAVIEW

MEDICAL OFFICER=S REPORT

Finally able to examine Morton, Nelson, and Crane, none the worse for wear.

Jamison.

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Personal Journal

Harriman Nelson

Thanks to the technology of sattelites, S-E-A monitors, cable companies, etc, Lee=s escape of an alien on Venus was seen by millions. Quite a stir. Hounded by the press as well as Washigton.

I=ve managed to talk Lee into going ahead with an interview on a morning TV talk show and have authorized our own monitor vidtapes to be seen. He=s not thrilled with the idea. Especially as a man was killed and the press has convieniently forgotten that.

*

SSRN SEAVIEW

Dear Pop,

You get to see the skipper on TV? I=m just glad that we had proof. So the whole world knows the details. Sounds like science fiction; how the aliens blinded Morton, and how the skipper had to figure out how they could escape and get back to Earth bfore the Venus=quakes= killed them, and how they all got zapped there in the first place because of some paranoid Centars!

Maybe they=ll make a tv show or movie about it!

Luv ya, Ski

*89*

SSRN SEAVIEW

Dear Pop,

Whew! And I thought a chewing out by the admiral was bad!Cheesh! The skipper didn=t exactly yell, but his eyes could have melted Titanium! And the chief claims he could feel the bulkheads sizzling while the skipper took me to task.

It was all my fault, Pop. I was stupid and acted on impulse, something you just don=t do on a sub, well not much anyway.

We had a radiation leak in the missile silo, so I tried to open the inspection hatch. I really didn=t give much thought to the seal in place.

Well then it all started to happen. We all start having hallucinations and then the thing activates itself and we couldn=t deactivate or even fire it away.

Finally the fail-safe opens and we were able to fire it away that way. Boom! And a big one at that!

So, I=m stuck with extra duty, >nite watches, and no shore leave. And I know I deserve it. But what really irks me is that I let the skipper down. So far the admiral hasn=t ordered me to his cabin, but if he does I may find myself on permenent shore leave.

From a very guilty and depressed Ski.

Bye.

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Personal Journal

Harriman Nelson

Sometimes I could ring the necks of certain people/ Without even a by yourleave, we were sadled with a device of unbelievable power and ordered to Cook Island to deliver it.

Then it happened. Kowalski, unbidden, and on his own initiative, tried to open the silo=s SEALED inspection hatch!

We were then subjected to mass hallucinations, explosions, and >invisible= crewmen.

That we=re still alive is remarkable, thanks to the president accessing our situation from afar and realeasing the fail-safe for a second or so, so we could get rid of the thing.

Washington=s not too upset. After all, it exploded at the coordinates. But I=m fuming.Putting us all at risk with a weapon that should have never been invented. Treating us like a child=s toy boat! Politicians!

*

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captain=s log

Mission accomplished, with difficulty.

I=m working a full report for Washington, but briefly, the weapon in Silo 4 went bananas, primarily due to Kowalski=s tampering with the seal!

Electrical and mechanical problems are one thing, but mass hallucinations are another. How do you right mangled minds?

In addition, we could not fire it off nor disarm it. We were stuck with it, a loaded gun of incredible power.

Fortuanately, Washington had been monitoring the malfunction and the president ordered fail-safe opened just long enough for us to fire it off.

The explosive power of this weapon was beyond descripton. I still have no idea how the old girl managed to hold together.

I am very upset with Kowalski and have told him so. I just can=t understand why he took it upon himself to try to >fix things=. Well, maybe I can, but his action showed incredibly bad judgement, something he=s never shown before.

A seal is a seal for a reason! Though why Washington would load us with this monster weapon without telling us anything about it or it=s toxic effects shows their bad judgement as well.

It remains to be seen if Kowalski will be dismissed from Seaview and NIMR, though I=ve said my peace with the admiral. In spite of everything, Ski has a proven track record, is loyal, and just about the best crewman I have aboard. He=s got the loyalty of his shipmates and is somewhat of a leader. I have considered officer canidate school for him in the past, but now will have to reconsider. Chip and I will have to talk about it and the admiral will have the final say. Of course, if we did recommend it to him, he might not want it.

Headed home, standard.

*90*

Instead of clearing the admiral of shooting Mason on live TV, Lee claimed he had no proof at all of it having been an impostor! Traitor!

Morton.

*

Allowed Lee aboard as per Nelson=s okay. What=s going on?

Morton.

*

SSRN SEAVIEW

MEDICAL OFFICER=S REPORT

Treated the captain for the drug adminstered by my Adouble@! One second more and Crane would not be alive.

The captain is already exhausted from his abduction, beating, and his escape from his captors. He is adamant that I keep him awake long enough to track our shipboard impostor, who apparently has the ability to impersonate anyone.

Crane may have complications later on but I realize this is one time I may not interfere.

Jamison.

*

Double, double, loads of trouble. We were plauged with identical impostors! Turns out Mason or rather Mason=s >double= Ashot@ Mason on the tv show. It was Mason=s plot to discredit Nelson and get him arrested to keep us from finding his electromagnet.

Morton.

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TO: HARRY NELSON, SSRN SEAVIEW

FROM: JIGGS STARK, COMSUBPAC

HARRY, GLAD TO HEAR YOU=R`E NOT A MURDERER AFTER ALL. THAT IMPOSTOR SURE HAD US ALL FOOLED. I WOULD HAVE SWORN THAT WAS YOU ON TV AND CRANE AS WELL.

DID YOU GIVE THE REAL CRANE A BLACK EYE BEFORE YOU KNEW HE `D BEEN ABDUCTED AND IMPERSONATED TOO?

WELL, WELL DONE HARRY ON SAVING THE WORLD AGAIN. MASON=`S MAD PLANS. THAT`S WHAT THE PRESS IS CALLING IT. BUT NOT ONE TV STATION HAS GIVEN AN APOLOGY OR AN OOPS FOR HAVING MAD THE MISTAKE OF BELIEVING THE IMPOSTORS.

SENDING YOU A CRATE OF SOME REALLY FINE BRANDY FOR YOU AND YOUR TEAM.

JIGGS.

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SSRN SEAVIEW

CAPTAIN=S LOG

It all has to be a B movie! Dr. Mason faked his own death at the hands of a fake Nelson, then had me captured and my fake told the press and the authorities that Nelson had NOT been with me at the time.

When I fially got free and made it back to Santa Barbara, scratch one sports car, which had been rolled down and smashed against the cliffs by Mason=s thugs, I managed to find out what had happened.

OH the looks of hatred I got when I got to Seaview. But Nelson let me aboard and I told him what happened.

Then began a cat and mouse game with the impostor aboard constantly turning into someone else, and keeping us from finding and destroying Mason`s electromagnet. This device was pulling the moon closer and closer to Earth. He was only concerned with Tide power and wealth.

Then the mpostor managed to get into the flying sub in an attempt to escape the little bomb he=d planted abard, but the admiral had stowed away in FS1 and was able to subdue him.

Our impostor was Mason himself! The Mason on TV was an impostor.

We destroyed the device and the moon is alerady back in position. Police are standing by to escort our Aguest= to an outraged world.

SSRN SEAVIEW

MEDICAL OFFICER=S REPORT

Finally able to examine the captain after he=d finished up writing the log entry. I=ve ordered him to bed. I=d attended to his wounds and made sure he ate somethig. Oh, he fussed and fumed as usual, but I asked the admiral to Asuggest@ it so he had no choice.

To insure a good rest, I spiked his OJ with a sleep aid. I don=t expect him to wake up until after breakfast tomarrow.

Jamison.

*

Joe P. Jackson

Dear Lee,

Heard you had a little excitement! Looking forward to the tv interview with the >real= Lee Crane and >Nelson= as the press is calling you guys. Glad you all have those security tapes as proof along with the living Mason himself!

I=ll be in Santa Barbara next week, so if your fancy sub is still around, maybe we can have a brew or a meal together to talk old times. Bring Chip and the old man too!

Maybe we can get in a little girl watching? You=re good at that.

Joe

*91*

Personal Journal

Harriman Nelson

I=ll be takig the flying sub on a visit to Dr. Blanchard. He claims to have completed an experiment in which a gorilla, implanted with a brain-control device, can be controlled by remote control.

While I have reservations about the whole thing, sometmes brain control could have merit, perhaps on persons of irrepressible behaviors. Just to be able to live in society would be a great step. In addition, certain animals deemed vicious, could become docile.

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SSRN SEAVIEW

MEDICAL OFFICER=S REPORT

Examined and treated the captain for several injuries, including extensive bruising YET AGAIN, two contusions, and a mild concusion. These, following a fight with our guest! Mr.Brock attacked him and even managed to cause Lee to fall heavily down the stairs. I don=t know all details yet, but Brock evidently did not want Crane to reveal cerrain bits of information aobut Brock to Nelson.

Jamison.

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Personal Journal

Harriman Nelson

Well, Dr. Blanchard was in effect murdered by his assistant, Mr. Brock. Brock also killed a crewman , and almost killed Lee in his attempt to keep Lee from exposing his own insanity.

Brock whacked Lee with quite a few whallops and pushed him down the stairs. Lee was knocked out for quite awhile, but Jamison indicated the concusion was mild.

Brock almost killed me when he placed a dending device in my pocket to irritate the gorilla into a charging rage.

Brock was killed when the gorilla smashed him into high voltage equipment, which killed the gorilla as well. Seems Brock wanted all the credit for Blanchard=s work, hense all troubles.

Lee is still confined to sickbay, more damaged than he=d care to admit, though he=ll probably talk Jaimie out of it soon, though I=m sure he=ll be on non-duty status.

*92*

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captain=s log

This little adventure we had is for the books! In the science fiction section!

First though, I=m commending Chief Sharkey for his ingenuity, without which, I doubt if he or the admiral would be here, alive, and normal.

A man from the future, Alpha, he called himself, kidnapped Nelson and Sharkey and intended to place them in his collection of other captured military leaders, all alive , from different times, and drained of all their knowledge and cognitive abilities. Their very souls, if you will .

It was Sharkey who managed to dab a message with his own blood onto a handkerchief and placed it in the >time bridge=. Because of the message, I was able to see how to get to them.

Was able to >blind= Alpha and his >cronies= long enough to free Nelson and so we were able to escape back to our own time through the bridge jsut before the admiral=s makeshift bomb blew up Alpha=s little installation. As Riley would say, like way out man.

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SSRN SEAVIEW

MEDIAL OFFICER=S REPORT

Examined and treated Sharkey for gunshot wound and stress.

Examined and treated Nelson for stress. I think I=ll join him in the nose for his cure with a jigger of rum myself.

Jamison.

*93*

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captain=s log

Off to investigate the possibility of a rouge sub following several attacks on US vessels. While Seaview will conduct standard search procedures, I=ll take the flying sub out and use the sub-terrestrial scanner, no pun intended, for a more thorough search for any hidden sub.

*

SSRN SEAVIEW

MEDICAL OFFICER=S REPORT

Examined the admiral following his entrapment in the flooding escape hatch. If Sharkey and Morton hadn=t managed to unjam the thing, well, a few moments more, and the admiral would not be alive.

Jamison.

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SSRN SEAVIEW

MEDICAL OFFICER=S REPORT

Examined the captain after we rescued him with the magnetic flying sub puller or whatever it=s called. Bumps and bruises aside, he suffered loss of oxygen and exposure to toxic fumes from burning circuits when the flying sub was damaged.

I want to keep him here but he talked me into letting him in on the kill so to speak, and the scans showed no ill effects, so I have no choice.

Jamison

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Personal Journal

Harriman Nelson

Mission accopmlished but we need a complete overhaul of both Seaview and flyhing sub. I=ve informed authorities of Beach=s involvement and so far divers have found nothing to indicate just which nation he was working with. Both the rogue sub and base are utterly destroyed.

I regret to report the loss of two men due to Beach . Chip is taking care of all the details.

*94*

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captain=s log

Have recieved a distress call from botonist Dr. Thompson at his island base. We have no other info, so Nelson=s taking out the flying sub to get there in a hurry.

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SSRN SEAVIEW

Dear Pop,

We had another alien invasion, would you believe orchids?? The admiral got Ataken over= by them and almost blew us all up. The skipper managed to stop them and the reactor, and now the admiral=s okay and we=re all back to normal after having been taken over for awhile. Sure would like to read the official report!

Ski

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captain=s log

I regret to report the loss of Dr. Thompson and Seaman Dunlap due to yet another alien invasion. Desiring our environment and our reactor, the aliens took over the admiral to augment their plans. IN fact they took over just about everyone and it was pretty close.

I=ll never be able to look a flower in the face again! Just kidding but I sure won=t order orchids for Mother=s Day!

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{Personal Journal

Harriman Nelson

I know he was jesting, but Lee=s suggestin that we should apply for NASA funding=s not such a bad idea! He=s getting a bit tired of all our alien encounters and I can=t blame him.

*

Fiona Crane

Pawtucket, RI

Dear Lee,

I just got your lovely Mother=s day gift. Only you would think of a $200 gift certificate for Macy=s and a weekend in New York!

I=m tickled pink! Better than flowers any day! I hope nothing comes up to ruin your plans to join me for a Broadway show!

But knowing Seaview as I do, if only by reputation, she=ll probably keep you far far away. Just in case she does, here is some homemade fudge. Please eat some of it before you share it with everybody. Chip gobbles up everything I send you and you=re the one who needs a little more weight!

Love,Mom.

Ps. How are things going in the romance department? Rumor has it you and Edith Nelson are an item. Is it true or am I indulging in wishful thinking?

*95*

Personal Journal

Harriman Nelson

Well, a theory >s been proven and I=m sending oursecurity tapes to Washington.

Mr Pemm managed to invent an energy booster and used our reactor to whaft us back and forth in time. Past, present, and future.

Actually incredilble. I was even in two places at once in different times, present and past!

Mad with greed for power, genious though he was, he forgot all about my boys and we were able to stop his toying with us by shutting down the reactor and switching signs between the reactor and circuitry rooms. When he tried to use his booster, well, his device disintigrated into bits and pieces and there was not so much as as hair left of him. Good riddance.

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captain=s log

How do I begin? Or is the begining the end? After a visit by Mr. Pemm, I feel tired and worn out.

Due to Pemm=s device, we were put back and forth in time. We even fought dinosaurs.

Nelson had me shut down frame 35, a term he used so Pemm wouldn=t know it meant the reactor, and we switched name plates of the circuitry room and reactor room. This way, when he tried to use his >booster= well, kablooie. No more device, no more Pemm.

In a ways it=s too bad. His genious could have done so much more for mankind than against it.

*96*

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captain=s log

Still tallying casualties. Headed to the nearest port, after sustaining heavy damage due to a breached hull.

It=s all due to the newly issued emergency breathing devices!

Nelson used one while trying to repair a missile fuel leak and became absolutely paranoid!

He even tried to blow us up! He=s okay now and Jamison thinks any relapses are highly unlikely now that the mind altering gas is out of his system.

We=ll be having a complete inquiry.

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Personal Journal

Harriman Nelson

Well, Lee saved the fleet from my little delusion. The EBA gas had me convinced that the fleet was going to destroy us and that everyone aboard was my sworn enemy out to kill me.

We=ve requested a full inquiry. Is the gas a natural byproduct or was it intentional.

I=m very crushed at the number of casualties.

*97*

SSRN SEAVIEW

MEDICAL OFFICER=S REPORT

Examined Kowalski. Am at a loss for both his transformation and de-transformation as a partial amphibians! Perhaps the admiral can explain it.

Finally able to examine Sharkey and Crane. Treated both for cuts, scrapes, bruises etc. incurred when the flying sub was attacked by the amphibian creatures. Also checking for any ill effcts from their having been knocked out by the strange weapons. Both brains don=t appear to have any discernable damage.

Jamison.

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captain=s log

One day we should make a movie all about our strange encounters with aliens, monsters, and various life forms.

This time we encountered Aevolved amphibians@. Very unfriendly, they desired us to be changed into their form . They also wanted the reactor to further power their >sonic cannon= to drill through the Earth=s core to remove others of their kind stuck down there!

I just don=t buy it. I really don=t know what they were up to. Kowalski was almost turned into one of them. Okay now, however.

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Personal Journal

Harriman Nelson

Thanks to Lee=s ingenuity, he shorted the sonic cannon and thus prevented global disaster as well as destroying our amphibians.

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SSRN SEAVIEW

Dear Pop.

What a tale I have to tell you. Guess who got zapped into an amphibian? Don=t laugh. It happened. It=s even on tape.

See you soon. Itching for shore leave and apple pie.

Ski.

PS. Don=t let Stan eat all of it, and ask Aunt Grace to make a little extra?

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rr rave productions, inc

Dear Stu,

Yeah, good idea. Who knows, you might even get rich. Anyway, we think your movie idea is a good one. But just make sure it=s ok with your boss. He could just fire you if he objects to skin flicks. I know, your movie idea isn=t porno, but your Aamphibian girls@ need to show off a little of thier scales, you know. We=ll make sure its not X rated.

Hey, you just might get rich !

Sam

*98*

ssrn seaview

captain=s log

Underway to assigned coordinates. Once there, I=ll be able to open our sealed orders. I have an inkling they may have something to do with the president who=s going to be meeting with the Shah aboard his yacht.

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ssrn seaview

captain=s log

Our assignment to >guard= the Shah=s yacht was a bit more complicated than anticipated!

We had a visit from Capt. Teach! That=s Captain Edward Teach, also known as the one and only genuine >Blackbeard=!

As greedy in death as he was in life, he wanted to blow up the yacht to retrieve the >legendary golden throne of King Solomon=.

He took over most of my crew, who acted like a bunch of movie producer=s priates!

Nelson=s deduction and skill with the manufacuture of a special device enabled us to stop him. So Blackbeard=s asleep in the deep once more, I hope. We=ve experienced ghosts before, and they never slept.

Our pirate crew returned to ?normal when we zapped Blackbeard.

*99*

ssrn seaview

captain=s log

Enroute to the Irish Sea to check up on defence complex X-17. Some of the most powerful weapons are stored there for any furture need. I=m uneasy. All that power, unmanned.

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captain=s log

I regret to report the loss of two crewmen when an unarmed warhead exploded. We haven=t been able to recover any remains. I=ll take care of the details when we get back while Nelson will make a full report to Washington.

The complex=s radiation leak has been stopped, the open shaft capped and the flying sub=s been repaired.

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Personal Journal

Harriman Nelson

The following should be kept under lock and key! Only Sharkey and I are aware of what really happened. A battle royal between two, dare I say the word? Leprechauns!

It was due to Sharkey=s concern over the >little people= that brought Patrick O=Shunesy O=Hara to help us against his evil brother Mickey! Quite a battle. But thanks to Patrick we were able to stop tehentire wepons complex from blowing up the Northern Hemisphere. That=s what Mickey wanted, to uncover all the gold he believed was trapped under the complex!

Oh, I think I need a drink or a stint in a psycho ward!

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Emerald Isle Tours

Dear Admiral Nelson

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the history of Leprechauns. Yes, there have been documented cases of sightings and unusual events. We will be happy to send you specifics should you be interested further.

People who claim to have seen and spoken to leprechauns come from a wide range of personalities and nationalities. One does not have to be Irish to see a leprechaun! Even a middle eastern Shah saw one!

In addition, one does not have to be Asensitive@ or Aimaginative@. It just happens to whom it happens. There is no explanation.

I hope you do well in your research, and look forward to any article or book you compile about our little people.

Sincerely,

Rebecca Nelson

PS. Any relation to our Irish Nelsons?

*100*

SSRN SEAVIEW

MEDICAL OFFICER=S REPORT

Examined and treated Patterson after his having been knocked out. I have no idea what happened.

Jamison.

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SSRN SEAVIEW

MEDICAL OFFICER=S REPORT

Examined Kowalski after his prolonged exposure to dangerous pressure from hull repairs using the new depth diving gear, still not quite protective enough. He would have died if our lobster-like alien aboard hadn=t rescued him.

Jamison.

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SSRN SEAVIEW

MEDICAL OFFICER=S REPORT

Finally able to examine the captain. He=d been zapped by our alien friend while trying to patch into an undersea telephone cable. He=s okay but irritated with my being a Amother hen@ as he puts it.

Jamison.

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captain=s log

Our UFO was indeed a spcaecraft. This alien visitor was from a water planet and looked like a cooked lobster!

With his special powers he almost managed to destroy the Earth with a rigged missile, but we=d been able to tap into the undersea phone cable so the missile was stopped by Defense Command.

The >lobsterman= almost killed the admiral but Harry shorted some circuits and emrged from the spacecraft he=d been trapped in unharmed.

Nelson=s sonic gun was able to destroy our >trojan horse= and one day I=m sure to write a best seller about all our alien >friends= . Too many to count, and so far, only one was friendly!

*

Personal Journal

Harriman Nelson

Well, I should have trusted Lee=s instincts to begin withi. He thought from the begining that our alien was a >Trojan horse= and he was right.

Even our lobsterman refered to the term when he thought he=d won over all of us weak humans.

I=m just glad the sonic gun worked.

*101*

TO: ADM. I. ALLEN, SPECIAL SERVICES, USN

FROM: NELSON, SSRN SEAVIEW

WHAT A DAY! AND I COULD ONLY WATCH, COURTESY OF OUR LATEST ALIEN ENCOUNTER. IT WAS AGONY. I DON=`T KNOW HOW THE ALIENS PLANNED THEIR LITTLE TEST FOR CRANE, BUT HE SURE PUT A FLY IN THEIR OINTMENT, AS THE SAYING GOES.

THANKS TO LEE, THEIR PLAN TO >WIPE OUT HUMANITY WAS UTTERLY DESTROYED.

THOUGHT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO HAVE THE DETAILS:

CRANE WAS CHECKING OUT THE NEW GYROSCOPIC CONTROLS OF THE FLYING SUB WHEN THE SEAVIEW WAS OVERPOWERED BY THE ALIENS. WE WERE ALL HERDED BELOW AND KEPT PRISONERS BY SUPER FORCE FIELDS. THE PRIME ALIEN THEN SOMEHOW RIGGED OUR MONITORS TO FOLLOW CRANE`S ACTIONS SO WE COULD WATCH HIS `FAILURE`.HA!

CRANE HAD QICKLY RESPONDED TO OUR SUDDEN DISTRESS CALL AND WAS ABOARD IN MINUTES, ON AN APPARENTLY DESTERTED, IMMOBILE, AND DEAD SHIP. HE WAS `LURED` TO THE SPIRAL STAIRS WHEN THE ACCORDIAN DOORS HAD CLOSED, AND THE FLYING SUB HATCH LOCKED ALL BY THEMSELVES.

THAT`S HOW THEY GOT HIM. WHEN HE TOUCHED THE STAIRS HE WAS JOLTED WITH THEIR MIND ALTERING FORCES. WHEN HE AWOKE, HE SAW AND EMPTY BUT WORKING SHIP, COMPLETE WITH `OUR` DISEMBODIED VOICES, COURTESY OF OUR ALIENS AND OUR OWN TAPES.

`JIM BENTLEY`, OUR PRIME ALIEN, DISGUISED AS A HUMAN, SHOT AT LEE BUT CRANE OVERPOWERED HIM. `BENTLEY` CLAIMED TO BE A UFO EXPERT ABOARD, BUT CRANE WAS FURIOUS. YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN HIM! ANYWAY, `BENTLEY` ESCAPED CRANE=`S GRASP AND RAN UP THE STAIRS. YOU GUESSED IT. NO FORCE FIELD NOW. SO CRANE FOLLOWED. HEARING MY VOICE LAUGHING, LEE WAS ALMOST HURT BY A SMALL DECK EXPLOSIVE.

AT THE TIME, THOUGH THINGS LOOKED PRETTY HOPELESS TO US, IT WAS REASSURING TO SEE AND HEAR CRANE ON THE MIKE,`GOING TO FIND OUT` WHAT WAS GOING ON.

AFTER CRANE WAS ZAPPED AGAIN BY A VENT SHAFT, `BENTLEY=`S VOICE TOLD HIM HE, CRANE, WAS GOING TO DIE AND `MY` VOICE KEPT LAUGHING ON THE PA, SO LEE SHOT IT. SCRATCH ONE PA SPEAKER.

NOW CRANE FOUND A `DEAD` `BENTLEY` IN THE ESCAPE HATCH AND `PATTERSON`, A HALLUCINATION WITH MASS. `PATTERSON` TRIED TO KILL HIM AND MORE DISEMBODIED VOICES WERE HEARD AND THEN THE MISSILES BEGAN TO ACTIVATE. `PATTERSON` WAS GUNNED DOWN BY `ME`, AND `I` SHOT LEE IN THE SHOULDER. THESE HALLUCINATIONS WERE COMPLETE WITH MASS AND PAIN, LEE ASSURES ME NOW.

BACK TO THE STORY. AFTER `I` CAPTURED CRANE AFTER A BOUT OF `CAT AND MOUSE`, `WE` THE `MEN OF SEAVIEW` HELD AN IMPROMPTU COURT MARTIAL OF CRANE, IN WHICH `WE` LABLED HIM A TRAITOR TO `US`!

NOW LEE WAS CERTAIN THAT `WE` WEREN`=T WHO `WE` CLAIMED TO BE AND WAS UTTERLY DEFIANT! THEN `WE` DEPARTED TO GET THE MISSILES READY FOR LAUNCH TO WASHINGTON! CRANE MANAGED TO KNOCK OUT `KOWALSKI`, HIS GUARD, AND RAN TO THE CIRCUITRY ROOM, WHERE HE FOUND THE SPECIAL WEAPONS LOCKER EMPTY. `I` CONFRONTED HIM WITH A SONIC GUN WHICH CAUSED A LITTLE `ROCK AND ROLL` AS WE CALL IT, AND CRANE, FALLEN ON THE DECK, WEAK, `WOUNDED`, EXHUASTED, AND ABOUT TO BE KILLED AT POINT BLANK RANGE, THREW A LIVE WIRE AT `ME` AND `I` BECAME A MASS OF ROBOT WIRING!

BUT LEE STILL HAD TO DEACTIVATE FAIL-SAFE AND COULDN`=T. THE MISSILES FIRED AND `BENTELY` ALIVE AGAIN, AS HE`D ALWAYS BEEN, GLOATED AND ZAPPED CRANE WITH HIS SONIC GUN. `BENTLEY` KEPT GLOATING AS CRANE TRIED THE SELF DESTRUCT, WHICH DIDN`T WORK.

BUT `BENTELY` UNDERESTIMATED OUR GALLANT LAD, FOR LEE OPENED THE CIRCUITRY DOOR AND `BENTLEY` DIDN`T THINK LEE WOULD ACTUALLY RISK ELECTROCUTING HIMSELF BY CLOSING THE CIRCUITS BY HAND. BUT HE DID.

THE MISSILES SELF DESTRUCTED, SEAVIEW WAS TOSSED ABOUT, AND LEE MANAGED TO GET `BENTELY`=S DESTRUCT DEVISE AND USED IT ON `BENTLEY`.

INSTANTLY, OUR PRISON, GUARDS, AND FORCE FIELD WERE EVAPORATED AND WE RUSHED UP THE DECKS TO REACH CRANE, NOW IN A STATE OF UTTER EXHAUSTION AND UNCONCIOUS. REMARKABLE REALLY, HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN KILLED.

DOC SAYS THE BURNS ON LEE`S HANDS ARE RELATIVELY MINOR, CONSIDERING LEE`S NEAR BRUSH WITH ELECTROCUTION. THE SUDDEN LURCHING OF THE SHIP MADE CONTACT VERY BRIEF. BUT IT WAS THE NEW POLYMER DUST STRIPS THAT PREVENTED LEE`S DEATH. I`M GOING TO HAVE THEM INSTALLED ON EVERY PIECE OF ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT WE HAVE.

SO OUR GALLANT CAPTAIN SAVED THE DAY. NOW THESE PARTICULAR ALIENS KNOW WE HUMANS HAVE A BIT OF PLUCK.

WE NEVER SAW THE SPACECRAFT AND FRANKLY, I HOPE WE NEVER DO. WE`VE HAD ALIEN ENCOUNTERS BEFORE, BUT NOTHING LIKE THIS!

I`M RECOMENDING A PRESIDENTIAL COMMENDATION FOR CRANE, FOR IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR HIM, THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN TOTAL DESTRUCTION OF EARTH. AND I KIND OF LIKE BEING HERE.

SEE YOU IN PORT. STOCK THE O` CLUB WITH SOME CHOCOLATE CHIP AND PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES, WILL YOU? LEE AND CHIP GO THROUGH THEM LIKE POTATO CHIPS, AND LEE DESERVES A LITTLE REWARD!

HARRY.

*

SSRN SEAVIEW

CAPTAIN=S LOG

Proceding to Norfolk at standard. We think the new dust panels installed over the missile control circuitry system saved my life. I had to short the circuits by hand . At least thats the only explaination Jaimie can give me, as he shakes his head and wonders why I=m still alive. It was a pretty hard jolt and felt like fire. But we lurched so suddenly, it was a very short contact.

I had to close the circuits as we=d been invaded by aliens, they wanted to destroy the world, and everyone aboard had been taken captive. It was an agonizing game of cat and mouse.

The aliens were testing our response to Agalactic stimuli@ and used hallucinations with form , robots, and deception.

I=m just glad its all over. Nelson=s sending a complete report to Special Services and wants me to have lunch with he and Admiral Allen in Washington after we dock at Norfolk. Just a quick hop by chopper.

Relieved to have my Areal admiral and crew@ back.

*102*

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captain=s log

Enroute to the Paulsen Home Base in the Antarctic. There=s been no word for weeks. Deeply concerned.

*

SSRN SEAVIEW

MEDICAL OFFICER=S REPORT

My corpsman=s neck was broken! I also recieved a heavy whack to back of my neck. Nothing human could possibly have killed Frank!

Dr. Paulsen and his assistant have showed no change and remian comotose after their rescue from the base.

Jamison.

*

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captain=s log

I regret to report the loss of the entire Paulsen expedition and four of my own crew, by the horrible mutation that Paulsen had himself transformed into.

There had been such hopes for making the area inhabitable but the atomic mutaion and changed weather patterns changed a human being into the tragic thing that Paulsen became.

*103*

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captain=s log

Another bad guy bites the dust. Seems that Mr. Hendricks, aboard to help us locate a strange beam harming our ships was in reality a Amad scientist@.

He and his cohorts had created mutated sea life which almost tore us in two. We were able to destroy the sea lab but Hendricks was eaten by one of his creatures.

Commendation for Sharkey. Volunteer, with skill and guts, he repaired the insides of a full ballast tank.

*104*

ssrn seaview

captain=s log

Underway to conduct experiments with Dr. Braddock=s artificial atmosphere. I=ll be taking the diving bell into a very deep trench about 40,000 ft. Deep. I=m sure Nelson wishes he were here to take the dive himself, but work already underway at NIMR made being in two places at the same time rather inconvenient.

*

SSRN SEAVIEW

MEDICAL OFFICER=S REPORT

I=ve lost Smith, apparently killed outright by the strange man-beast like creature we=ve got aboard.

Jamison.

*

SSRN SEAVIEW

MEDICAL OFFICER=S REPORT

Examined and treated the captain for a bullet crease in his left arm, and have no idea of how or why or how to stop his conversions into the man-beast. Incredibly strong, he managed to excape. The admiral arrived with an antidote but time is running out.

Despite evidence to the contrary, Sharkey is convinced the man-beast which killed Smith was much bigger than Crane. Wishful thinking Sharkey.

Jamison.

*

SSRN SEAVIEW

MEDICAL OFFICER=S REPORT

Sharkey was RIGHT! Dr. Braddock was the big man-beast and was using Crane as a guinea pig to find a cure for the conversions! Crane apparently kept changing from man to man-beast. Only Sharkey noticed a size difference. Braddock was killed accidentically when he, Braddock, still in human form, tired to kill Nelson. It was after Braddock=s death that I was able to witness his body=s transformation into the big man-beast.

Crane, as the smaller man-beast, was finally caught, subdued, and placed in the diving bell. Nelson is going to take it down into the trench in the hopes that the time-elapsed antidote may still work under the increased pressure. Good luck admiral.

Jamison.

*

SSRN SEAVIEW

MEDICAL OFFICER=S REPORT

Examined the captain. Seems to be okay. Conducting extensive tests, in full cooperation with the skipper. Will wonders never cease.

Jamison.

*

ssrn seaview

captain=s log

I regret to report the loss of Smith, apparently killed by Braddock, victim of his own invention. The artificial atmosphere somehow caused us both to change into those horrible nitemares.

It was a hair-raising experience, and I do mean hair-raising! We both kept turning into hairy monsters! And he knew all about it before he even came aboard!

Seems he swiped several khaki=s knowing he=d have attacks, and had a scapegoat or guinea pig, I=ll never know which, in me.

Why didn=t he tell us outright? I=m sure the admiral would have done anything to help him.

Again I owe my life to Nelson. Due to his skills and determination to help me.

I=m letting doc run extensive tests on me, and have been released under guard at my own request. While the admiral may be convinced I=m completely normal again, I=m unsure. I won=t be sure till I see the microscopic blood work completely analyzed.

*

SSRN SEAVIEW

Dear Pop,

You=re not gonna believe it, the skipper actually got turned into a hairy monster, a man-beast we called it. Seems this weird air we were testing changed him, so he kept changing back and forth into a hairy monster.

He was Awesome. And Ugly! And strong as any ten guys! We even thought he=d killed a guy, but it was this scientist guy who was already a man-beast who did it. He wanted to use the skipper as an experiment! To figure out how to stop his own bouts of the transformation.

Anyway, the admiral rushed to Seaview with an antidote he=d made up but it ran out of time. And the skipper=d busted out of sickbay, so we had to catch him, knock him out, and the admiral took him down in the bell and injected him anyway. Something about increased pressure.

Well, it worked and the skipper=s back to normal. And real broody. I think he kinda blames himself for not having been able to fight it off, but how could he? It could have happened to any of us.

Ski

*105*

Underway to Italy, but not for a vacation. We=ve been asked to investigate some really strange jungle growth, starting to over-run the place.

The admiral has an idea for a Gamma Ray Defoliation device and has been in the lab almost non-stop.

Morton.

*

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captain=s log

Mission accomplished.

Defoliation complete. Close one though. Again, taken over by aliens, just what is it about Earth that we keep getting all these visits? This time they, in humanoid form, needed our missiles, again, to scatter their seed bed.

We managed to stop them in time by reversing firing controls. This also destroyed them.

One day these logs will be stuck in the childrens= fiction section in a library of the future!

I can=t help asking myself, why Earth? Aren=t there any other friendly aliens out there except that one we met long ago?

*

Fax letter

From: Ellen Bryce

To: Adm. H. Nelson, NIMR

Dear Harry,

Looking forward to seeing you at the conference, it`s been awhile since we talked. I know we`ll both enjoy it.

*106*

ssrn seaview

Captain=s log

106underway under the ice cap. Nelson hasn=t revealed our orders but I can guess. There=s been world wide flooding and ice melts.

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SSRN SEAVIEW

MEDICAL OFFICER=S REPORT

Examined and am treating Kowalski for a bump on the head after he fell off the conning tower and smacked it against a sharp shard of ice. Incoherent despite no evidence of conncusion. He seems to be shivering more from fear than cold or shock.

Jamison.

*

SSRN SEAVIEW

MEDICAL OFFICER=S REPORT

Examined both Sharkey and Nelson to see if they have any residual effects after having been frozen in suspended animation by the >Frost men=. So far I see nothing.

Examined Kowalski, but despite my recomendation for a stint in sickbay, the captain had me release him for non-duty status. As Ski=s intermittend chills and fevers have subsided I had no choice but to comply.

Jamison.

*

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captain=s log

Special commendation for Kowalski. He used his usual stubborness, skill and instincts in rescuing, unbidden, the admiral and the chief from our alien foes, this time , >Frost Men=.

Ski=s a great deal better and I=ve talked Jaimie into releasing him for non-duty status. Our hero deserves that extra piece of hot apple pie waiting for him in the mess, to be followed shortly by a restful shore leave at home. I understand his Aunt Grace is single and a great cook. Was he trying to match me up? Homemade chocolate chip cookies and spinster aunts could be far to tempting.

Sharkey and Nelson are okay after thier ordeal from the deep freeze. Evidently the frosty aliens wanted our reactor to fuel up their spaceship. A spaceship which could have destroyed the whole planet.

Why didn=t they simply ask for help?

We were able to destroy their complex and the spacecraft.

I=m putting Seaview into drydock for a complete checkup . It couldn=t have been good for her, one minute in a frying pan, another in the deep freeze. I=m convinced she had hull plating damage.

*107*

ssrn seaview

captain=s log

Aliens! Aliens! Aliens! I=m getting sick and tired of Aliens! But at least in this latest attack we had a friend. Robeck by name, he tried to help us against the invasion plans.

Nelson managed to do some reprogramming so their fleet was destroyed inside thier own base.

Kowalski is under observation after having been taken over and appears to be himself again.

So the the Earth is safe and sound again.

Washington must be getting pretty tired of our reports, but even they have to admit the truth of it, especially after the loss of our own fleet.

* 108*

Personal Journal

Harriman Nelson

Alls well that ends well. We=ve delievered our secret defense desvice to the proper recipient. Now all that remians is to discover just which nation our impostor is working for.

This was a difficult assignment and though I was orderd to Abreak down@ Crane to discover if he was the imposter, I find no satisfaction in doing my duty.

I ridiculed him in front of the men, I made him, along with Morton and Sharkey, look responsible for foul ups and accidents.

But he was not the imposter that Washington was worried about. The real imposter was pretending to be Sharkey, and our Sharkey can hardly wait to get his hands on him!

Lee is taking the whole thing rather well, but that=s hardly surprising, knowing our Lee.

*

ssrn seaview

captain=s log

Underway to Santa Barbara at standard after having delivered a device to the proper authorities. There=s been no further fix on the sub tailing us and Doc will be administering truth serum to our prisoner in the hopes of uncovering the whole plot.Using an impostor, they apparently hoped to prevent us from completing our mission. Tough luck, guys.

*109*

SSRN SEAVIEW

MEDICAL OFFICER=S REPORT

Examined and treated Kowalski and Patterson for radiation exposure and released both.

Examined and am treating the captain for the same, though his is more like radiation shock than simple exposure. He could have died while working on the reactor, but Mallory assures me the treatment with the anti-radiation device will work.

Jamison.

*

SSRN SEAVIEW

MEDICAL OFFICER=S REPORT

Examined Crane and while I find no further trace of radiation exposure, I find his tale of Mallory=s fourth dimension machine hard to swallow.

But as both Mallory and his >anti-radiation device= are missing, and as the admiral advises me just to believe it, I guess I=ll just have to:

Three Cranes, one of them killing Nelson, an avalanch just outside the boat, a jungle, a dinosaur, an island in the clouds, and a >death clock= of disintigration which Lee managed to destroy by jumping into a tidal wave right back into sickbay, and then his destroying the machine which destroyed Mallory with it, well, it all sounds loony to me!!

But Crane has asked me to use truth serum on him just to prove to me he=s not whacko, so to satisfy myself and my shipmates, I will!

*

Edith Nelson

Dear Harry,

No, I=m not being childish! I know perfectly well that Lee isn=t serious. But I enjoy his company and he enjoys mine. And it=s really none of your business is it, brother mine?

And you weren=t exactly a one girl man either if I remember correctly. There=s no law against being friends or even dating more than one person a year, or month, or week, or day even.

I=ll choose my own friends, or lovers, thank you very much, and don=t go on now about Lee and me doing that. He=s been every inch a gentleman and hasn=t even attempted it. But I sure will! You can=t imagine how frustrating it is to be an old maid!

And Lee likes me for myself, not for the family moolah like everybody else I meet! So I just may suggest certain things to him myself! And if he agrees, you=d better not try to stop us! Rant and rave all you want, but I=m a grown woman with my own income and I=ll do what I want. And if you punish Lee by firing him, it=s your loss. SO THERE!!

In fact, we have a date tonight, so I may just suggest a little fa-de-ral, or for your pigheaded grammar, passionate intimacy with him! I don=t know if he=ll agree. You know he=s rather moralistic, and probably a virgin himself, but I=m sure going to tempt fate!

And I wouldn=t ask him about it tomorrow or whenever you get back from Annapolis! I=ll be giving you full details!!!

Edith

PS. If I sound angry it=s because I AM!!!

*

FAX LETTER

from: Ellen Bryce

To: Adm. Harriman Nelson

US Naval Academy

Annapolis, Md

Dear Harry,

Is everything ok? I have`t heard from you in awhile, and when I called on Edith she was crying. She didn`t tell me much of anything, but I gather you both had a little atlercation before you left for your sabbatical, teaching at Annapolis.

Lee was very concerned and asked me to try to get her to talk. He has no idea what the problem is either. All I was able to gather from her comments, was that she=`d had words with you and that you were ` a pigheaded old fashioned fuddy duddy without any idea about life`. I`ve never seen her so upset or angry.

Lee wanted me to take her to a doctor, but after a little while she calmed down and even asked me to post a letter she`d just written to you.

I have a feeling it won=`t be a pleasant letter. She=`s getting ready for a date with Lee, now. I hope it helps. I`ve offered to stay the night, to keep her company when they get back, but she said thank you, very sweetly and assured me she was ok and not to worry, that it was just a `female` problem that caused her little outburst. I wonder, though, Harry. Tell me, does she have many friends? I`m so glad she has Lee, she needs a good friend tonight.

Please fax or call.

*

Lee Crane

Dear admiral,

How are things going at the old salt mine? Keeping everyone=s attention I bet.

Ellen Bryce was here the other day, and was really a big help. Edith was a little upset about something or other and it took a woman to help calm her down.AFemale@ problems, it seems.

Edith and I went to that play everyone was talking about. It was so bad, I fell asleep. Ediee could have killed me, I was actually snoring! So we left during intermission. She didnt= like the play either and we both ended up pretending to the actors and almost fell apart laughing because the lines were so stupid!

We had a really good time.

Wish you were here.

Lee

*

Fax letter

from Ellen Brcye

to: Adm. Harriman Nelson

US Naval Academy

Annapolis, Md.

No, niether of them are at home. I checked both residences this morning when I got your message from my answering service. Really, Harry, there was no reason to yell. Just what were you implying?

*

Fax letter

from: Ellen Bryce

To: Adm Harriman Nelson

US Naval Academy

Annapolis, Md.

You`ve got to be kidding! Lee Crane would never take advantage of the `situation` as you call it. And a girl`s angry letter doesn`t mean she would actually go through with her `plans`.

Harry, you must calm down. And if they did do `it`, well, then, it=`s really their own business isn`t it.

*

lee crane

Dear Joe,

Help? I need someone to talk to. You know I=ve had a lot a girl friends, that=s friends, not broads. Well, I think I=ve fallen in love, and it=s a bit unnerving.

I can=t help thinking about her. All the time. And if I can=t pay attention to the work on my desk, how on earth can I pay attention at the periscope when we=re underway?

We=ve been on simple little dates. Nothing serious. But now...nothing else seems to matter but her. Especially when we go to that beautiful ridge and watch the waves in the moonlight. It=s sheer heaven. The view and the company. But don=t worry. I know when to stop my raging hormones and get her home safely, me too, before things get out of hand. But it=s difficult and a few times I really didn=t really know if I could have trusted myself. She=s just so wonderful.

But there=s a problem.

She=s the boss=s sister. Ulp. That=s right, Joe, Edith. You remember her. I just don=t know how he=ll react. Oh, I know he=ll understand it=s not brown-nosing, but ethically, well, how can I possibly remain aboard Seaview if I marry her. Do you realize he=d be my brother in law? But I can=t live without her, Joe. I can=t. Think I=m in love, I told you? I KNOW I am!!

So, put in a word for me with Stark, will you? I=ll send a formal request for transfer back to the Navy as soon as I=m sure she=ll say yes.

I pray she does.

PS. And contrary to your opinion, I=ve never taken advantage of anyone, especially her.

But please don=t spread it around, I can just imagine all the snide comments about my Apurity@.

Lee

*

To: Adm. Harriman Nelson, NIMR

From: Adm. Jiggs Stark, COMSUBPAC

What do you mean, give Crane a desk when his transfer is completed? Are you out of your mind? Is he?

*

Joe P. Jackson

Dear Admiral Nelson,

Sir, please don=t let Lee or Edith know I=m writing you, but you deserve to know the truth about Lee=s request for transfer.

He really doesn=t want to sir. It=s just that he=s concerned about ethics. Seems he and Edith are an item.

In fact, he=s asked her to marry him, and not because he has to. He=s as much a virgin as she is. This is in strictest confidence sir.

Ensign Bates and Edith chatted girl talk and both were blushing about wedding nights. Bate=s gave her some advice, I take it, though I wasn=t exactly in on the conversation, and Lee=s spoken to me privately and I=m positive he=s never indulged either.He really doesn=t have a clue about certain, uh, well,things, aside from magazines,videos, and guy talk.

Please dont dismiss him from Seaview. He=s only concerned about the ethics of having his boss for a brother in law, and he doesn=t exactly like the thought, with or without Seaview. Seems he regards you like a brother already, and just doesn=t know how to handle an Aofficial relationship@.That sort of thing is open to all kinds of insinuations.

Admiral Stark=s open to the idea of sending him back to you if you can guarantee an invitation to the wedding. I=m sorry Lee and Edith didn=t tell you. They were going to keep it all a secret until after the event and his transfer was complete, but I just couldn=t help myself from telling Stark, and you really needed to know.

Joe Jackson

*

To: Adm. Harriman Nelson, NIMR

From: Adm. Jiggs Stark, COMSUBPAC

What do you mean give Crane back? You sure, Harry? Just be sure not to stumble when you walk Edith down the aisle. And don=`t forget the ring.

Brother of the bride AND best man! I don`t suppose you`ll perform the ceremony too?? See you then.

PS. I understand from Jackson that Crane could use a little talk. Jackson suggested Jamison, unless you`d like to do the honors. No, scratch that. Highly unsuitable for a big brother. Tell you what. I`ll give him the little talk. REALLY surprized he may actually need one!

**110**

Personal Journal

Harriman Nelson

Lee=s been rather broody and moody after our little altercation with Mr. Pemm again.

Apparently still alive he came to me while I was at NIMR just after Seaview was destroyed with all hands. He zapped me back to jsut before her explosion, then back to the past just before the meeting of Benedict Arnold and Major Andre!

Pemm wanted to change history and become rich, but we were able to outwit him and when he made contact with the reactor terminal, he perished, I hope.

Lee=s been extreemly broody. He=s pondered all sorts of philosophical questions, such as did changing our own history do harm, and if we changed ours, what about foiling Pemms, were we hypocrites? Etc.

Lee=s always had a high sense of morals but knows I=d do just about anything to save my boys. And is it hypocritical when Pemm himself arranged our explosion?

But the point is moot. Pemm is gone, the device is totalled, and we are where we are. We=ll just have to sit tight and see. So far I see no dinosaurs playing football and we still have a president and not a monarch. Frankly, I dont see anything wrong. And I pray that=s not just a gut instinct.

What=s done is done. Onto the future.

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captain=s log

Mr. Pemm paid us another visit. Dead now, we think. Time, I could ponder it forever if I didn=t have other pressing matters to attend to, like Seaview, peanut butter cookies, and Edith=s ideas on where to spend our honeymoon after the wedding.

I do still wonder if Nelson did the right thing in Asaving@ Seaview from the explosion Pemm set up in our future. Should the admial have come to our rescue? Poetic justice he calls it. I=m not so sure.

I=m just going to have to leave it with the Almighty. After all, if HE didn=t want us to be alive , we wouldn=t be. End of discussion.

There=s a movie tonight. I think I=ll join the admiral and tell him I=m glad he did what he did, and that it=s simply good to be alive.

 

 

AND THUS ENDS OUR INCOMPLETE AND ONGOING COMPILATION OF THE DOCUMENTATION REVEALING SOMETHING OF THE TIMES AND LIVES OF THE MEN OF THE SUBMARINE SEAVIEW.

 

ANCIENT TERM- TRANSLATION GLOSSARY:

alien: someone from outside the tribe, colony, culture, planet or solar system

apple pie: foodstuff of unkown origin or texture, probably intoxicating

chief: middle management executive

chocolate chip cookie: foodstuff, baked, highly addictive

congress: law makers engaged in ritual bickering

dame: procreative able female

ditty: possibly a slang term for melodic sound waves

dinosaur: extinct large scary animal

doc: affectionate term for healer

flying sub: flying submarine, primitive form of interglobal transport craft

gala: slang term for gathering of tribes for banquet or pre-procreative rituals

harley davidson: this word appears in many surviving ancient documents, probably genetically engineered servant- male- clones of great strength, noise, and speed. Most content to spend lives out of doors, or in garages( the servant quarters ), treated as mere objects

journal: diary, secretly written and hidden away from others

kiss: ancient form of ritual endearment, often prior, during, and after procreation, as well as affectionate greeting or farewell, involving the facial orafices

knothead: possibly a genetic disorder evidenced by facial and skull disfigurement, found in persons of highest authority, usually in Washington

loch ness: murky body of water still found in the Island of Rain, home of the plesiasaurs

log: record of thoughts and events, similar to journal or diary,or official documentation of some sort

luv ya: affectionate farewell

mermaid: half-human creature of the Oceanica Empire, formerly reclusive and thought imaginary until the late 20th century

missile: explosive propellant weapon

monster: unusual, threatening, or scary lifework

peanut butter cookie: fodstuff, baked, tranquilizing

people=s republic: thought to be a for-runner of the Redstar Empire

president: highest single authority of the American Empire, though subject to congress

shore leave: approved vacation for approved times

skin/scuba dive: ancient method of breathing underwater

skipper: nickname for a ship=s master, regardless of ability, see archives, Gilligan, Bligh

symphony: area set aside for mass sleep inducement

ssrn: unknown, though possibly a military term used for undersea vessels of the time

u-boat: primitive submerging vessel of great terror

Venice: believed to be the recently discovered sunken city of Venitzia

Washington: city of ultimate authority in ancient civilization

whale: extinct air breathing sea creatue of great size, see archives, Disney:Pinnochio

 

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES GLEANED FROM COMPILED SOURCES

Admiral Harriman Nelson:

Owner/creator of the first windowed submarine, Seaview. Believed to have been a former military leader, also scientist, researcher, author, and explorer of Earth=s seas as well as the dry beds of Mars.

While thought to have been very reclusive, he is believed to have sired a great many offspring around the world. Many prominent individuals claim descent from Harriman, though none can be documented.

Noted for an inquiring mind and sheer genious, he is also thought to have been extreemly stubborn and exeedingly loyal to his servant-employees.

Senile in old age, he was physically restrained from following through with a mad plan to travel in time via a pocket watch ( an ancient form of time keeping)in the hopes of bringing Lee Crane back to life, tragically killed while saving his shipmate=s lives, including Harriman=s.

Nelson=s cremated remains were supposedly scattered along with his sister=s near the former Marianas Trench.

Admiral Jiggs Stark:

Evidently in charge of submarines of the western seas.

Admiral Ivan Allan:

Anybody=s guess.

Commander Lee Crane:

Loyal servant-employee of Nelson=s. Known for his abilities as mariner and steadfast heroism. Believed to have recieved many acolades and round metal disks of ritualistic reward to wear on his clothing. Known to have been somewhat embarrased by praise or tribute, he was fiercely loyal to the submarine Seaview and to Nelson, despite rumors that persist to this day of a possible relationship outside of the master-employer/servant-employee one, though no evidence has been found to indicate any validity to the rumors.

He is said to have been joined in the ancient procreative union ritual called marriage to Nelson=s sister. Also thought to have engaged in joinings with several other servant-employee=s of Nelson=s, and also with the inhabitants of Oceanica during its isolation, and elsewhere, though no evidence has been found to substantiate these beliefs.

He was buried in the Marianas Trench just after the great upheaval, and his monument of volcanic glass stands still. Badly scarred and encrusted with age, what remains of it simply says: Lee Crane , beloved friend.

Commander Chip Morton:

First mate of Seview. Believed to have sired more than 57 offspring aound the world.

Chief Jones:

Anybody=s guess.

Chief Sharkey:

Middle management executive of Seaview. First Protector of the Leprechaun colonies of the Irish Isle. First colonist of Mars.

Kowalski:

Crewman-technician of Seaview. Believed to have stayed with Nelson to the end. Joined in union ritual with one of Nelson=s servant-employees and sired five offspring.

Patterson:

Crewman-technician of Seaview. First person to use the primitive molecule transporter beam successfully.

 

Stu Riley:

Crewman-technician of Seaview. Thought to be the same S.R. Riley of 21st Century Riley Entertainment, Inc. of ancient telecomunication entertainment rituals.

IT IS HOPED THAT IN TIME, AS ARCHEOLOGICAL DISCOVERIES ARE MADE AND LONG FORGOTTEN COLLECTIONS ARE STUDIED, THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE A MORE COMPLETE EVALUATION OF THESE PEOPLE AND THEIR TIMES.

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