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Legend Of The Black Dove - Part 9

                       Legend Of The Black Dove  

                  (Part 9)   "The Voyage To Where ?"


The weather is cold and the sea calm as the 'Columbia' goes out to sea. 

Norrington and Jenkins finally fall asleep in their cabin while on deck 

the captain fears something wrong with the ship, the weather picks up 

to a squall as the 'Columbia' gains tremendous speed and a strange 

mist engulfs the ship. She is travelling an amazing 2000knots and

then suddenly slows down. They are in a harbour once again, but 

where are they ? It is now daylight, it having being night just an hour 

before going to sea. The jolt from sudden stopping awaken Norrington 

and Jenkins and they head up on deck. From the captain,  Norrington 

finds out the ship has travelled to some unchartered  land, he 

orders for a boat to be lowered intending to go ashore on a 

scouting mission and asks for volunteers, Norrington and Jenkins go 

along with Captain Dennis Owens and his first officer Glenn Hill plus 

two crewmen.  As they approach Dover harbour (is Dover here an 

unchartered land?) the passengers and crew behold a very unusual 

sight: instead of sailing ships they notice ships of strange types moored 

in the harbour, along with the 'Enterprise'- the sister ship of the 

'Columbia' which must be brand new, but appears to be worn out and 

ready for scrapping. What are these strange ships, what had happened 

to their own ship ? The Captain decides he needed some answers 

(The Captain wishes to find out) so they all decide to board one of the 

strange vessels. When on board they go below deck  and find a propulsion 

system of strange design on the cellar deck. they are all amazed at what 

they see.  The captain discovers the bridge of the huge ship full of weird 

levers and instrumentation. Owens notices a placard on the ship's wheel 

mount on the 'Albatross' built at Newcastle in 1929, as well as a calendar 

dated 1930,and it all starts to make sense: the weird mist had transported 

them through a time portal from 1750 to the year 1930.....  

Is the crew of the 'Columbia' marooned forever in this particular time period ?

Is there any way back to their own time?

Make the discovery (Find out) in Part 10...."The Unknown World"

Posted the first day of each month.

Written 30th July 2013

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