C. G. McGinn

Writer

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Expedition 1

What came to be known as the Modern-Day Ice Age, (a rather silly term considering the planet kept no concept of history, past or present), ushered in a number of expeditions and attempts to reclaim the land that had been lost. The most well publicized of these were the great excavations of Long Island and Boston. In the case of the island of New York, Nicolas B. Remington led his team of miners, former oil men, and 100 tons of hardware through the Lower Bay to the mouth of the Lincoln Tunnel. There they set up a base camp surrounded by walls of rock-hard ice that stretched countless miles up from the old Rt. 495 interstate.

The Remington expedition did not anticipate the density or the sheer amount of ice that had accumulated within the tunnel, and the Lincoln Tunnel site was deemed the most promising route to reach the island. The GW was considered unsafe, and underwater images showed that the Holland Tunnel was cracked and flooded. One carrier was lost on the ice, however a second was dispatched to rescue the crew of the first and deliver more drilling equipment to the Lincoln base camp.

The Remington expedition was seen as a tremendous success but was entirely forgotten in the shadow of the incidents and disastrous events that would follow. It opened the way for reclaiming lost patches of civilization, but also brought out the worst in humanity. Remington may have been responsible for providing the way, but he did not consider the consequences of those who would pass through the door, into the caves and hollow structures that had once been the skyscrapers of lower Long Island.

Up next: Expedition 2