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 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
leeward , was to put her head close to the wind , and wait for her on the same
clambered into the forecastle , followed close by his swarm of wasps , and set
them so good an example how to use their stings that in three minutes more there
was not a Spaniard on board who was not dead or dying . “ Let the slaves free !
Whing , whing , " went the Spaniard ' s shot , like so many humming - tops ,
through the rigging far above their heads ; for the ill - constructed ports of those
days prevented the guns from hulling an enemy who was to windward , unless
... distinguish nothing but a waste of tumultuous water ; but when she was borne
up on the summit of the enormous waves , you then looked down , as it were ,
upon a low , sandy coast , close to you , and covered with foam and breakers .
... that they might not lose a chance of escape provided the ship struck " ' Twill be
touch and go , indeed , Falcon , " observed the captain ( for I had clung to the
belaying pins , close to them for the last half - hour that the mainsail had been set