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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... size , in fact , of he Rose , though not so lofty in proportion ; and many a bold
heart beat loud , and no shame to them , as she began firing away merrily ,
determined , as all well knew , to wipe out in English blood the disgrace of her
late foil .
... ah ! it was not for nothing that we found poor Michael ! He was always a good
comrade . And now , then , my masters , shall we inshore again and burn La
Guayra ? " “ Art thou never glutted with Spanish blood , thou 18 GREAT SEA
Art thou never glutted with Spanish blood , thou old wolf ? ” asked Will Cary . "
Never , sir , ” answered Yeo . " To St . Jago be it , ” said Amyas , " if we can get
there : but — God help us ! " And he looked round sadly enough ; while no one ...
... who knows but the roof might fall through on him ? ” " Ah , it ' s all very well for
you , captain , " said some grumbling younker , with a vague notion that Amyas
must be better off than he because he was a gentleman . Amyas ' s blood rose .
We were immediately accosted by the mate , who was lashed down to a ring -
bolt close by the bits , with his hands tied at the wrists by sharp cords , so tightly
that the blood was spouting from beneath his nails . " We have been surprised by