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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... said Yeo , “ who has given so wise a heart to so young a general ; a very David
and Daniel , saving his presence , lads . Silas Staveley , smite me that boy over
the head , the young monkey ; why is he not down at the powder - room door ?
He was heartily welcomed ; and under the plea of our being obliged to return to
the ship early next morning , we soon took leave , and returned to the inn . As I
was turning into the public room , the door was open , and I could see it full of ...
Presently we arrived before a kind of low grog - shopa bright lamp was flaring in
the breeze at the door , one of the panes of the glass of it being broken . Before I
entered , Mr . Treenail took me to one side " Tom , Tom Cringle , you must go into
I rapped at the inner door , in which there was a small unglazed aperture cut ,
about four inches square ; and I now , for the first time , perceived that a strong
glare of light was cast into the lobby , where I stood , by a large argand with a
Presently ten strapping fellows , including the lieutenant , were before the door ,
each man with his stretcher in his hand . It was very tempestuous , although
moonlight , night , occasionally clear , with the moonbeams at one moment