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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There are three of them , you see , my masters , " said he , as the crew came on
deck again . “ A big ship forward , and two galleys astern of her . The big ship
may keep ; she is a race ship , and if we can but recover the wind of her , we will
And in the meanwhile half the crew are clothing , feeding , questioning ,
caressing those nine poor fellows thus snatched from living death ; and Yeo ,
hearing the news , has rushed up on deck to welcome his old comrades , and — "
Is Michael ...
The history of the party was not likely to improve the good feeling of the crew
towards the Spanish ship which was two miles to leeward of them , and which
must be fought with , or fled from , before a quarter of an hour was past . So ,
Righted : but only for a moment , long enough to let her crew come pouring wildly
up on deck , with cries and prayers , and rush aft to the poop , where , under the
flag of Spain , stood the tall captain , his left hand on the standard - staff , his ...
Like it or leave it as you will , I have no secrets from my crew . We are going
inshore there to find a harbor , and careen the ship . " There was a start and a
murmur . " Inshore ! Into the Spaniards ' mouths ? " " All in the Inquisition in a
week ' s ...