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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CONTENTS PAGE Spanish Bloodhounds and English Mastiffs . . . . 1 From “
Westward Ho ! " By Charles Kingsley The Club - Hauling of the Diomede . . . . . . . .
From “ Peter Simple . ” By CAPTAIN Frederick MARRYAT The Cruise of the Torch
... a forgotten , but ever - fresh classic . Then came Captain Marryat , who was to
the sea what Dickens and Thackeray were to land folk . America , too ,
contributed to this literary movement . Even before Marryat , our own Cooper had
Shortly after the beginning of the nineteenth century the sea-writer established
himself with Michael Scott in "Tom Cringle's Log," a forgotten, but ever-fresh
classic. Then came Captain Marryat, who was to the sea what Dickens and
Joseph Lewis French. CONTENTS PAGE Spanish Bloodhounds and English
Mastiffs From " Westward Ho ! ” By CHARLES Kingsley The Club - Hauling of the
Diomede . From “ Peter Simple . ” By CAPTAIN Frederick MARRYAT The Cruise
How after Captain Hawkins , constrained by famine , had put them ashore , they
wandered in misery till the Spaniards took them ; how , instead of hanging them (
as they at first intended ) , the Dons fed and clothed them , and allotted them as ...