“I LOVE it when a plan comes together”

Return of Chris and Sarah Banner ©2016 Jack BoardmanPREVIOUSLY: “I do Captain—I wouldn’t ask if getting those vehicles to Grand Marais weren’t so important. I’m sending a boat with master mechanic and spare parts out as soon as possible. It’s a Crusader-Class converted fishing boat.”

“Thank you, Ma’am.”

Georgie then contacted AJ and Braddock—both grinned widely as this would allow them to approach the Autoworld boat without suspicion. They set out for Whitefish Bay ten minutes later.

MEANWHILE—Molly and Cob were on the bridge of the Jason Everett Martin… “We just received word that the transport has engine problems, and has been ‘told by Gina’ to hug the shoreline off Whitefish Bay.”

“Excellent, Molly—that will give AJ and Braddock more time to get in position to ‘assist’ them—and us to get in easy range for the ‘copter.” Continue reading

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Autoworld Transit 2 passed the Border Bridge

Return of Chris and Sarah Banner ©2016 Jack Boardman¬¬¬PREVIOUSLY: The Martin accelerated quickly to her 30kph maximum speed—this boat seemed to love the open water—and like a thoroughbred horse, she loved to gallop.

Master Chief Lyle “Cob” Pettigrew joined Captain Halloran on the bridge, “The helicopter and crew—the best crew I have, are ready, Captain. How long until we’re in range?”

“At this speed we’ll be in maximum two-way range in 24 hours—easy two-way range in 30 hours.”

“Captain Braddock Farkleberry estimates the Auto Transit 2 will take just about 30 hours to get where they want her—so if necessary, we can launch safely in about 28 hours.”

“We might hope for a strong wind off our stern.”

“Better to hope for no wind off our bow.” Continue reading

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“We might hope for a strong wind off our stern”

Return of Chris and Sarah Banner ©2016 Jack BoardmanPREVIOUSLY: MEANWHILE—at Hidden Cove… Braddock had just picked-up radio traffic from Gina Apoloni to what was apparently a larger vehicle transporter somewhere near Whitefish Bay ordering the Chicago-bound boat to turn around and head for Grand Marais Minnesota, the boat was already in Lake Michigan, so it would take a day or so to get back on Lake Superior, “We have a target, AJ—a big target. It might be an opportunity to deploy the drone.”

“And make them think they hit rocks—we’d use no explosive charge,” AJ liked the idea, “We’d best notify Captain Halloran, and ask her schedule a rescue training mission near the Whitefish Bay shoals.”

“Good idea, AJ, the Jason Martin is big and fast enough to get the ‘copter in easy range quickly enough—perfect.”

Molly Halloran was delighted and made the arrangements with Master Chief Lyle “Cob” Pettigrew to bring the rescue ‘copter aboard. In fact, Cob Pettigrew would pilot the helicopter himself. Continue reading

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“We have a target, AJ—a big target”

Return of Chris and Sarah Banner ©2016 Jack Boardman¬¬¬PREVIOUSLY: “I can’t explain this, we’ve been unable to contact our drivers until just now, so we couldn’t have diverted them.”

“Your communications seem to be working just fine, now,” Linda said with simmering anger, “Find us some product; or we’ll take matters into our own hands. You won’t like that.”

“I’ll contact our Chicago bound boats and see if any are close to Grand Marais.”

“Do you have any closer trucks?” Boomer asked.

“No. We have a large boat fairly close, and two more in Superior,” She replied, “But no more cars—other than a few junkers, in our warehouse. There are twelve decent cars & trucks on that boat.”

Monitoring the conversation—Sarah said to her compatriots, “I think it’s time to shut-down this part of the operation.”

“And take-over the auto-supply operation from the Apoloni-DeSantino bunch?” Chris asked.

“Exactly,” Georgie agreed, “Let’s get going!” Continue reading

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“Let’s get going!”

Return of Chris and Sarah Banner ©2016 Jack BoardmanPREVIOUSLY: AJ and Braddock watched the transport leave and then walked to their cabin, “Another job well done.”

“Aye, Lad, but,” Braddock replied, “We have much yet to do.”

“That much is certain.”

MEANWHILE—At Farkleberry’s Lakeview Auto Sales… “I just received a message from Chris.”

“And,” Boomer replied, “What did she have to say?”

“She said that they diverted all highway vehicle shipments—two of which should have arrived here this morning.”

“So it just might be a good time to harass our ‘bosses,’ don’t you think?”

“We need to have a little fun.” Continue reading

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“We have much yet to do”

Return of Chris and Sarah Banner ©2016 Jack BoardmanPREVIOUSLY: Captain Jones had little choice but to surrender, “We surrender, sir. What now?”

“Remove your sidearms, and we will take you aboard as our prisoners—er—guests.”

They were taken aboard and brought below deck where they were left in the tender care of AJ.

Captain Farkleberry returned to the bridge and brought the boat almost next to the Superior Princess, “Say goodbye to your boat, gentlemen—we can leave no evidence of her existence,” AJ grinned.

“So, I suppose we won’t be making landfall, either, alive.”

“Oh, you will,” AJ replied, “Where you’ll be jailed until you’re indicted for engaging in piracy, and stand trial.”

“Yeah, kangaroo court.”

“More than you deserve, considering what you thought you’d do to us,” AJ frowned, “But, I suspect your trial will not occur in Lakeview City, as piracy is a federal crime. Your trial will probably be in Duluth.”

AJ felt the hydroplanes deploy, “Hang-on, gentlemen—this ol’ boat’s gonna haul-ass!”

His warning came too late—the prisoners fell in a heap at the rear bulkhead. Continue reading

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“FIRE—FIRE—FIRE!”

Return of Chris and Sarah Banner ©2016 Jack Boardman¬¬¬PREVIOUSLY: “Do you think you can target their gun without damaging the yacht?”

“Oh,” AJ replied, “A surgical strike? With our targeting software—a piece of cake.”

“On my order, retract hydrofoils,” One-Eye commanded, “5-4-3-2-1-Retract now!”

“Retracted,” Andrew announced as the boat slowed and settled in the water, “You have the con, Captain.”

“There she is—a small white boat on the horizon—we should close on her in fifteen minutes.”

MEANWHILE—Aboard the Superior Princess… Captain Rufus Jones observed the Crusader-Class fishing boat in the distance and knew he couldn’t contact Gina for instructions—He ordered the Princess to engage the fishing boat, “Prepare for combat gentlemen—we’re taking that boat out.”

Crewman Bill Bannon brought the Princess to her maximum speed of 15 knots and brought her on a direct course to their target, “Raise the cannon, Captain?”

“Belay that until we are at point-blank range. When we get in easy visual range, wave at the boat and smile.” Continue reading

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“Raise the cannon, Captain?”

Return of Chris and Sarah Banner ©2016 Jack BoardmanPREVIOUSLY: “Buckle-up, One-Eye,” AJ grinned as he turned the Ford around and gleefully jammed the throttle to the floorboard.

“What’s happening?” Boomer asked.

“AJ and I have a mission—the Apoloni-DeSantino Bunch now have two steam yachts to guard their auto shipments. If I know O’Reilly, he’s probably armed them both.”

Moments later his suspicion was confirmed—Chris intercepted a message between the two yachts, “Captain, this is Chris—I just learned both boats have a 20mm auto-cannon.”

“Thank you, Chris.”

Twenty minutes later they arrived at the harbor—five minutes later AJ & One-Eye exited the harbor at full-speed.

No matter how fast that old Crusader is—she can’t outrun a 20mm cannon.

Boomer & Daisy were worried—this might not end well. Continue reading

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No matter how fast that old Crusader is—

Return of Chris and Sarah Banner ©2016 Jack Boardman¬¬¬PREVIOUSLY: Captain Sean O’Reilly, aboard the Lady Luck led the Superior Princess onto Lake Superior—his trip to Chicago a complete success: Frist, he acquired a replacement crewman for the unfortunate crewman he left behind—ten miles from shore.

Second, he acquired another Chicago-Class steam yacht—smaller than the Lady Luck, but large enough to handle whatever Superior could come-up with… well, SERIOUSLY? No boat is that good! Still, this one was quite lake-worthy.

And then, he hired a captain and crew to man the boat, Chip Webb, Bill Bannon, Captain Rufus Jones, Senior Captain Sean O’Reilly, and William T. Smith.

Finally, on the black market—Captain O’Reilly acquired two 20mm auto-cannons to be mounted below the Foc’sle—which when required may be raised into firing position, aimed, and fired from the bridge.

This addition made both yachts very dangerous. Continue reading

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Georgette?

Return of Chris and Sarah Banner ©2016 Jack Boardman¬¬¬PREVIOUSLY: “You two, AJ, and One-Eye must do everything you can to stop deliveries here,” Boomer began outlining the plan, “First you go after overland shipments.”

“How, exactly?”

“By your new enterprise: XCCL Satellite Radio. It is a van equipped with sophisticated transceivers, able to broadcast a wide range of music, news, weather and traffic reports—all automatically broadcasted by CyberSatelliteServices. In addition it has the ability to scan for and sort-out keywords to find Apoloni-DeSantino Enterprises communications.”

“And after we find them?”

“That’s where the fun begins, you’ll be able to locate the recipient of the message.”  

“And then?”

“Simple, Chris,” Boomer grinned, “Tell them to change their delivery location.”

“But no one here sounds like Gina or Bambi.”

“I do,” a voice was heard as the door opened. Continue reading

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