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 galley's helm went up to port, and her beak slid all but harmless along
Amyas's bow; a long dull grind, and then loud crack on crack, as the Rose sawed
slowly through the bank of oars from stem to stern, hurling the wretched slaves in
It shall fly to a better fiddle - bow presently , sir , and I have the luck — " . “ Steady
, helm ! ” said Amyas . “ What is he after now ? " The Spaniard , who had been
coming upon them right down the wind under a press of sail , took in his light ...
As Amyas had calculated , the Spaniard would gladly enough have stood across
the Rose ' s bows , but knowing the English readiness dare not for fear of being
raked ; so her only plan , if she did not intend to shoot past her foe down to ...
He made up his mind , as usual , to the desperate game . “ Lay her head up in the
wind , helmsman , and we will wait for them . ” They were now within musket -
shot , and opened fire from their bow - guns ; but , owing to the chopping sea ...
The galley ' s helm went up to port , and her beak slid all but harmless along
Amyas ' s bow ; a long dull grind , and then loud crack on crack , as the Rose
sawed slowly through the bank of oars from stem to stern , hurling the wretched