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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Hit or not hit, the steersman lost his nerve, and shrank from the coming shock.
The galley's helm went up to port, and her beak slid all but harmless along
Amyas's bow; a long dull grind, and then loud crack on crack, as the Rose sawed
It shall fly to a better fiddle - bow presently , sir , and I have the luck — " . “ Steady
, helm ! ” said Amyas . “ What is he after now ? " The Spaniard , who had been
coming upon them right down the wind under a press of sail , took in his light ...
Hit or not hit , the steersman lost his nerve , and shrank from the coming shock .
The galley ' s helm went up to port , and her beak slid all but harmless along
Amyas ' s bow ; a long dull grind , and then loud crack on crack , as the Rose
She gave one awful lunge forward , and dived under the coming swell , hurling
her crew into the eddies . Nothing but the point of her poop remained , and there
stood the stern and steadfast Don , cap - à - pié in his glistening black armor ...
... leaving two strong fellows in charge of the boat , with instructions to fire their
pistols and shove off a couple of boat - lengths should any suspicious
circumstances indicating an attack take place , we separated , like a pulk of
Cossacks coming ...