Once Dardenelles Patrol gets out of port it's exciting and has a proper British irony in the telling. The story of the British submarine E II and its penetration of the Dardenelles straits to the Sea of Marmara during World War I, this book describes the outwitting of a jinx and records at least one unwitting act of mass heroism. Lieutenant- Commander Marbin Dunbar-Nasmith, captain of E II, had not only invented the retractable periscope but also reduced torpedoing to an exact science. It was expected that he would achieve marvelous victories in the Dardenelles--but, by heaven, there was always something wrong with his cursed sub. Others kept beating him through the mine-laid straits, though they usually didn't do much or else got caught. When Nasmith finally broke the hoodoo and got into the Sea of Marmara, he scored against five large steamers, two small steamers and a gunboat. Only--to find that the E II had tangled itself with a cable and was pulling a mine along about ten yards from the conning tower. Unable to surface because of daylight and enemy gun emplacements, he finally maneuvered to a position where he could stop and back up and lose the mine. Good show!