Rapture of the Deep: Being An Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Soldier, Sailor, Mermaid, Spy

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I go back down and so does the grappling hook.
I swim over to the Santa Magdalena and ask for forgiveness for the ripping out of her mainmast, which left a gaping hole in her deck but still gives no
...access to her lower spaces. None that I could use, anyway. However, I do see where I must hook the grapples for the next pull—the edge of the main cargo hatch—and it is there that I attach it. Giving the hook line several jerks, I dart back out of the way as the slack is taken up and the hook takes hold.
I get back into the bell and watch from a window. The grappling rope quivers with the tension of the pull, but finally the hatch top lifts and falls over the side of the ship, neatly out of the way.
Big breath, slip out, and swim over the now-open hatch.
That's more like it.
The Magdalena's gun deck lies beneath me. Plainly, it was the officers' mess. There is a long table, over on its side, and ghostly chairs scattered about. My poor Emerald must look a lot like this, lying as she does on the bottom of the Atlantic, I think sadly.
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