The Tankadere bore sail admirably, as she drew a great deal of water, and everything was prepared for high speed in case of a gale.
The log indicated a mean speed of between eight and nine miles.
I had not dared pull my speed lever to the highest for fear of overrunning the mouth of the shaft that passed from Omean's dome to the world above, but even so we were hitting a clip that I doubt has ever been equalled on the windless sea.
Then as we were almost upon her I yelled to my companions to hold tight, and throwing the little vessel into her highest speed I deflected her bows at the same instant until we were running horizontally and at terrific velocity straight for the cruiser's keel.
"Just so," replied Nicholl; "but in what proportion do you estimate the diminution of speed by friction?"
If, then, we had an initiatory speed of 12,000 yards, on leaving the atmosphere this speed would be reduced to 9,165 yards.
They were now almost upon him; their flying mounts charging down on the relatively puny figure at terrific speed, while the warriors leaned low to the right, with their great metal-shod spears.
Driving my fleet air craft at high speed directly behind the warriors I soon overtook them and without diminishing my speed I rammed the prow of my little flier between the shoulders of the nearest.
We were approaching the U-boat at half speed now, and I could almost distinguish the features of the men upon her deck.
Our bow was pointed straight toward the U-boat now as I heard word passed to the engine for full speed ahead.
It was his first trial of the new device, and while he was prepared for increased speed he was not prepared for such an astonishing increase.
A carrier pigeon on a passage can achieve a high rate of speed, and Winn reefed again.