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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cried Amyas; but the work was too hot for much discrimination; for the larboard
galley, crippled but not undaunted, swung round across his stern, and hooked
herself venomously on to him. It was a move more brave than wise; for it
And every voice shouted , “ Yes . ” “ We will have it , Amyas , and have Frank too ,
yet , " cried Cary ; but Amyas shook his head . He knew , and knew not why he
knew , that all the ports in New Spain would never restore to him that one
cried Cary ; and the ship was kept still closer to the wind . Amyas had revived at
the sight of battle . He no longer felt his wounds or his great sorrow as he bustled
about the deck ; and ere a quarter of an hour had passed , his voice cried firmly ...
He does though , and means to fight us , " cried another . “ See , he is hauling up
the foot of his mainsail : but he wants to keep the wind of us . ” “ Let him try , then ,
" quoth Amyas . “ Keep her closer still . Let no one fire till we are about . Man the ...
She has struck , " cried some , as the deafening hurrahs died away . “ Not a bit , ”
said Amyras . “ Hold on , helmsman , and leave her to patch her tackle while we
settle the galleys . " On they shot merrily , and long ere the armada could get ...