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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Very well ; let her go through the water ; ” and the captain , beckoning to the
master to follow him , went down into the cabin . As our immediate danger was
over , I went down into the berth to see if I could get anything for breakfast , where
The captain resigned the helm , and walked aft to look at the point , which was
now broad on the weather - quarter . In a minute or two , he desired Mr . Falcon to
get new sails up and bend them , and then went below to his cabin . I am sure it ...
We have been surprised by a privateer schooner , sir ; the lieutenant of her , and
several men , are now in the cabin . ” " Where are the rest of the crew ? ” " All
secured in the forecastle , except the second - mate and boatswain , the men who
We pulled across towards the town , until we landed at the bottom of Hanover
Street ; the lights from the cabin windows of the merchantmen glimmering as we
passed , and the town only discernible from a solitary sparkle here and there .
... rowed with forty paddles by an armed crew , whose shields hung on the
gunwale and flashed fire in the sunbeams ; the mandarin , in conical and
buttoned hat , sitting on the top of his cabin calmly smoking Paradise , alias
opium , while his ...