Deep Briny

There are many kinds of anchorages; but it is safe to say that there is one place where a vessel will never anchor. Some SO miles from the coast of Japan, the Nipponese man-of-war Manchu dropped its sounding lead. The sounding wire rattled from the drum. Ten fathoms of it ran off into the depths, 20 fathoms, 30 fathoms, 100 fathoms. The drum rolled and rolled and rolled—a mile of wire sank into the briny deep. Two miles, three miles, four miles. Still no bottom. Five miles, and...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!