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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And a flight of arrows from the forecastle rattled upon the galley's quarter-deck.
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
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
Amyas , as usual , withheld his fire . The men stood at quarters with compressed
lips , not knowing what was to come next . Amyas , towering motionless on the
quarter - deck , gave his orders calmly and decisively . The men saw that he
So , kneeling down upon the deck , as many a brave crew in those days did in
like case , they " gave God thanks devoutly for the favor they had found , " and
then with one accord , at Jack ' s leading , BLOODHOUNDS AND MASTIFFS 11.
... thou dost revenge all wrong ; Vengeance belongs to thee , " etc . And then
again to quarters ; for half the day ' s work , or more than half , still remained to be
done ; and hardly were the decks cleared afresh , and the damage repaired as