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. ...
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The galley's helm went up to port, and her beak slid all but harmless along
Amyas's bow; a long dull grind, and then loud crack on crack, as the Rose sawed
slowly through the bank of oars from stem to stern, hurling the wretched slaves in
GREAT SEA STORIES SPANISH BLOODHOUNDS AND ENGLISH MASTIFFS
From “ Westward Hol " BY CHARLES KINGSLEY X THEN the sun leaped up the
next morning , and the tropic light flashed suddenly into the tropic day , Amyas
Amyas had revived at the sight of battle . 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 ...
Amyas ' s throat , as a nurse does with a child , and then scuttled below again
with tears hopping down his face . Amyas stood still steering . His face was grown
seven years older in the last night . A terrible set calm was on him . Woe to the ...
And then Amyas calls — “ Now , silence trumpets , waits , play up ! Fortune my
foe ! ' and God and the Queen be with us ! " Whereon ( laugh not , reader , for it
was the fashion of those musical , as well as valiant days ) up rose that noble old