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 yellows , and the browns ; for it is not in such fashion that the white race has
tramped its royal road around the world . Bertie Arkwright was not inevitable . He
was too sensitive , too finely strung , and he possessed too much imagination .
Captain Malu ' s little finger , which was broken , had more inevitableness in it
than Bertie Arkwright ' s whole carcass . But then , the lady tourists had nothing by
which to judge save appearances , and Bertie certainly was a finelooking man .
Bertie started to put the muzzle to his own temple with the evident intention of
pulling the trigger . “ Just a second , " Captain Malu said quietly , reaching out his
hand . “ Let me look at it . ” He pointed it seaward and pulled the trigger . A heavy
was one of many vessels owned by Captain Malu , and it was at his suggestion
and by his invitation that Bertie went aboard the Arla as guest for a four - days '
recruiting cruise on the coast of Malaita . Thereafter the Arla would drop him at ...
Six months ago , he and the rest of the boat ' s crew drowned the then captain of
the Arla . They did it on deck , sir , right aft there by the mizzentraveller . " " The
deck was in a shocking state , " said the mate . " Do I understanad ? ” Bertie