Date: January ??, 1938
Location: Isla Incognita
Situation: Day 7 Next Destination
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Important Suggestion: Reread Chapter 6, Day 4 Ashore On The Island here:
Day 7: von Stiehl's Journal
Aboard Gunboat Luchs: 4:35 am
"Though our modern weapons quickly stopped indigenous people and territorial beasts disputing our presence, we were greatly relieved to return to camp at the end of the fourth day. Our regrettable losses were few. During the next two days nothing of significance happened. We loaded our ships with the treasure and weighed anchor for our next destination...."
"A deep inlet on the north shore."
"Last year I was in Seville on military assignment. Long ago Seville was a main port for sailings to and from Spanish New World colonies. I was the guest of Diego Francisco Robles. On one occasion we discussed my properties on the Island of Malabascar. Hoping I would be interested, he offered a curious letter dated 1672. It described remarkable adventures of a distant relative washed ashore onto a strange South Pacific tropical isle."
"The relative had been third officer aboard the treasure galleon La Trinidad bound for Seville. A gale lasting two days dismasted the ship. Though stubby jury rigged masts and spars eventually helped with steerage way, the vessel had been driven very far off course into an unknown region. One night in a sudden fog it foundered on an uncharted island's north coast. The relative was the only survivor. After incredible perils ashore including temporary imprisonment in a temple, he built an outrigger boat, set sail to the north and was two weeks at sea before being rescued by a passing Dutchman. A map in the letter showed a deep inlet on the north coast. Apparently the temple was to the westward housing some of La Trinidad's treasure. Robles asked if I knew of Isla Incognita."
Still Aboard Luchs: 5:47 am
"Fortunately the fog became evanescent. It was as if it formed and dissipated solely at the bidding of the sea monster but I kept these thoughts to myself. Soon we were able to see more of our surroundings again. A lookout then pointed to the estuary and handed his telescope to me."
Ashore Again: 4:00 pm
Gunboats Luchs and Ajax plus U-100. That was the best news."
Dream Or Vision?: 11:50 pm
"It was my duty to imagine the reaction of the natives in the flotilla seen earlier today. Upon sighting us they quickly turned about racing away. They would urgently desire to report our appearance. Perhaps some had perilously encountered us a few days before. Surely few on the island did not know about us."
"Move swiftly inland. I fancied they would pass totems built to warn trespassers. Perhaps they crossed this watery land by one of the suspension bridges mentioned in the letter of Robles' relative."
"Father, your dream is logical under the circumstances. --- Wait. Do you hear something far away?"
1) Celebrated author Arthur Conan Doyle wrote in Memories and Adventures, p.229, "We were steaming past Ægina on a lovely day with calm water around us. The captain, a courteous Italian, had allowed us to go upon the bridge, and we - my wife and I - were looking down into the transparent depths when we both clearly saw a creature which has never, so far as I know, been described by Science. It was exactly like a young ichthyosaurus, about four feet long, with thin neck and tail, and four marked side-flippers. I was interested to notice that Admiral Anstruther in the 'Evening News' some years later described, and drew, an exactly similar creature which he had seen off the Irish coast. This old world has some surprises for us yet."
2) The crew of Luchs did not see an ichthyosaurus. However, do you not hope with me that the plesiosaurus they did see and Doyle's ichthyosaurus may exist in the waters of Isla Incognita and elsewhere now?
3) Pulp Figures manufactures most of the natives ashore as well as the drum and drummer. Schleich produces the plesiosaurus. The suspension bridge is from Miniature Building Authority. Luchs is a gunboat crafted by Richard Houston through The Virtual Armchair General. The U-Boat is from Brigade Games. Ditto for most of the tropical Germans though some are Black Tree Design. The troubled von Stiehl is BTD's von Paulus. Native watercraft and crews are from
4) A great amount of vegetation was kindly loaned by pards Chuck L. and Todd B. Chuck made the cave from wood chips. Just wait till you see the rest of it! The singular prehistoric-looking trees are sold by Michael's craft stores in the USA.
5) German translations: Nordwest Bai: Northwest Bay. Höhle: cave. Vulkan: volcano. Lager: camp.
6) Was von Stiehl troubled by a dream or vision?
7) Retrieval of the old Spanish treasure is vital for the Weimar Republic, von Stiehl's secret benefactor and for each man in the expedition. They have superior weapons, sure. However, Isla Incognita has something unexpected waiting within its incredibly mysterious interior. Come back next time for the long and thrilling journey.
8) I will be obliged if your thoughts are written below at the word Comments.