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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145 From “ Moby Dick . ” By Herman MELVILLE The Corvette Claymore . . . . . . . . .
. . 181 From " Ninety - three . " By VICTOR HUGO The Merchants ' Cup . . . . . . . . . .
. . 203 From “ Broken Stowage . " By DAVID W . Bone A Storm and a Rescue .
145 from “ Moby Dick . ” By Herman Melville The Corvette Claymore . . . . . . . . . . .
181 From " Ninety - three . " By VICTOR HUGO The Merchants ' Cup . . . . . . . . . . . .
203 From “ Broken Stowage . " By David W . Bone A Storm and a Rescue .
From amid the wreck of broken oars and writhing limbs , a voice is shrieking in
broadest Devon to the master , who is looking over the side . “ Oh , Robert Drew !
Robert Drew ! Come down , and take me out of hell ! ” . “ Who be you , in the
... and a solemn silence , broken only by the cry " Of some strong swimmer in his
agony . " And then , suddenly collecting themselves , as men awakened from a
dream , half - a - dozen desperate gallants , reckless of sharks and eddies ,
... for we heeled over so much when we lurched , that the guns were wholly
supported by the breechings and tackles , and had one of them broken loose it
must have burst right through the lee side of the ship , and she must have