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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It seemed that , about a week before , a large American brig , bound from Havana
to Boston had been captured in this very channel by one of our men - of - war
schooners , and carried into Nassau ; out of which port , for their own security ,
It was red , round , and jolly , with twinkling eyes , the whole borrowing a certain
dignity from closely cut white hair and mustaches . The man was about fifty ,
dressed and armed like the other . " What do you want of pistols , Boston ? ” he
said to ...
The captain told me this morning that he ' d heard from Marti , ” said Boston , after
an interval . “ Good news , he said , but that ' s all I learned . Maybe it ' s from
Gomez . If he ' ll only take hold again we can chase the Spanish off the island
She ' s an old tub , " said Boston , scanning the gray fabric fore and aft ; " one of
the first iron ships built , I should think . They housed the crew under the t ' gallant
forecastle . See the doors forward , there ? And she has a full - decked cabin ...
Boston looked over his shoulder . “ That ' s so ; she signed her crew at Boston ,
too . Where has she been all this time ? Let ' s see this one . " The manifest was
short , and stated that her cargo was 3000 barrels of lime , 8000 kids of tallow ,