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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When I entered the gunroom , the first lieutenant , master , and purser , were
sitting smoking and enjoying themselves over a glass of cold grog — the gunner
tak . ing the watch on deck — the doctor was piping anything but mellifluously on
... a wake , is to all desired purposes well - nigh as reliable as the steadfast land .
And as the mighty iron Leviathan of the modern railway is so familiarly known in
its every pace , that , with watches in their hands , men time his rate , as doctors ...
Poor Fantec — for it was he - stammered many excuses : his wife was very ill ,
and their child was choking in its cot , suddenly attacked with a malignant sore
throat ; so he had run over to beg for assistance on the road to fetch the doctor
Doctor Bryce , of Havana , consorting with Fenians from Canada , exiled German
socialists , Cuban horse - thieves who would be hung in a week if they went to
Texas , and a long - legged sailor man who calls himself a retired naval officer ...
Eight months , ” snapped the doctor , his face clouding . “ Eight months in that
rathole , with the loss of my property and practice - all for devotion to science . I
was on the brink of the most important and beneficent discovery in explosives the