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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and the English broke into a cheer and called to them to run her alongside . “
Silence ! " shouted Amyas . “ I take no surrender from mutincers . Señor , ” cried
he to the captain , springing into the rigging and taking off his hat , " for the love of
At last the morning broke , and the look - out man upon the gangway called out , “
Land on the lee beam ! ” I perceived the master dash his feet against the
hammock - rails , as if with vexation , and walk away without saying a word ,
This called forth another volley of oaths and unsavoury exclamations , and all
was bustle and confusion , and packing up of bundles , and settling of reckonings
. “ Where , ” said one of the seamen , - " where do you go to , my lad ? ” " Why , if I
... I was preparing to turn in , when the master at arms called down to me , " Mr .
Cringle , you are wanted in the gunroom . ” I put on my jacket again , and
immediately proceeded thither , and on my way I noticed a group of seamen ,
standing on ...
... is situated , called the Holy Ground . Pat Doolan ' s domocile was in a little dirty
lane , about the middle of the vil . lage . Presently ten strapping fellows , including
the lieutenant , were before the door , each man with his stretcher in his hand .