Great Sea Stories
...It is one of the curiosities of literature, a fact that old Isaac Disraeli might have delighted to linger over, that there have been no collectors of sea-tales; that no man has ever, as in the present instance, dwelt upon the topic with the purpose of gathering some of the best work into a single volume. And yet men have written of the sea since 2500 B.C. when an unknown author set down on papyrus his account of a struggle with a sea-serpent. This account, now in the British Museum, is the first sea-story on record. Our modern sea-stories begin properly with the chronicles of the early navigators-in many of which there is an unconscious art that none of our modern masters of fiction has greatly surpassed. ...
Foster's " Voyages , ” a translation from the German published in England at the
beginning of the third quarter of the eighteenth century , a compendium of
monumental importance , continued the tradition of Hakluyt and Purchas . By this
He no longer felt his wounds or his great sorrow as he bustled about the deck ;
and ere a quarter of an hour had passed , his voice cried firmly and cheerfully as
of old – " Now , my masters , let us serve God , and then to breakfast , and after ...
Down went the mizzen topmast , in went the stern - windows and quarter -
galleries ; and as the smoke cleared away , the golden flag of Spain , which the
last moment flaunted above their heads , hung trailing in the water .
A raised quarter - deck at the stern held more soldiers , the sunlight flashing
merrily upon their armor and their gun - barrels ; as they neared , the English
could hear plainly the cracks of the whips , and the yells as of wild beasts which ...
The men stood at quarters with compressed lips , not knowing what was to come
next . Amyas , towering motionless on the quarter - deck , gave his orders calmly
and decisively . The men saw that he trusted himself , and trusted him ...