Speed was no object for they had 2,060 miles to go; getting there, from Hampton Roads, Va., to Colon, Panama, was the main thing. None the less, the two big seaplanes vanished over the southern horizon seven minutes apart, droning for Cape Hatteras at a smart 80 knots or so. The destroyer Overton, the minesweeper Sandpiper and cruiser Saukee, strung down the Atlantic and stationed off Cuba, turned on their searchlights as dusk fell, tilted their beams at agreed angles into the drizzly night. The cruisers Raleigh and Cincinnati and the minesweeper...

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