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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from the Rose , from whose poop Aies the flag of England , and from her fore the
arms of Leigh and Cary side by side , and over them the ship and bridge of the
good town of Bideford . And then Amyas calls — “ Now , silence trumpets , waits ...
... s arms , Why make a long story of what took but five minutes to do ? The nine
men ( luckily none of them wounded ) are freed , and helped on board , to be
hugged and kissed by old comrades and young kinsmen ; while the remaining
The old man catches Yeo by the arm . " How , then ? " It is Yeo ' s turn to shudder
now . " Killed in Panama , fighting the Spaniards ; sailing with Mr . Oxeham ; and '
twas I led ' em into it . May God and you forgive me ! " " They couldn ' t die ...
An unlucky shot had cut the foremast ( already wounded ) in two , and all forward
was a mass of dangling wreck . " Forward , and cut away the wreck ! ” said Amyas
, unmoved . " Small arm men , be ready . He will be aboard of us in five minutes ...
So it raged for an hour or more , till all arms were weary , and all tongues clove to
the mouth . And sick men , rotting with scurvy , scrambled up on deck , and fought
with the strength of madness : and tiny powder . boys , handing up cartridges ...