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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Ginnell , owner and captain of the Heart of Ireland , shanghaied and reduced to
deck hand , was forward on the look - out , and one of the coolie crew was at the
wheel . “ I ' m not given to meeting trouble half - way , ” said Blood , shifting his ...
The Bayside ' s hungry to catch him an ' stuff him in the penitentiary , and he hasn
' t no friends . I ' m no saint , I owns it , but I ' m a plaster John the Baptis ' to
Ginnell , and I ' ve got friends , so have you . Well , what are you bothering about
... and he considered that a ship once ashore there would stick ; then Ginnell
turned up , and the luminous idea of inducing Ginnell to shanghai Blood so that
Blood might with his , Harman ' s , assistance shanghai Ginnell and use the Heart
None of the crew had shown the slightest emotion on seeing Blood take over
command of the schooner and Ginnell swabbing decks . The fight , that had
made Blood master of the Heart of Ireland and Ginnell ' s revolver , had occurred
in the ...
The overhaul of the stores took half an hour and was fairly satisfactory , and ,
when they came on deck , Blood , telling Charlie to take Ginnell ' s place as
lookout , called the latter down into the cabin . “ We want to have a word with you
, ” said ...