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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Fire at the soldiers !" 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 ...
Let no one fire till we are about . Man the starboard guns ; to starboard , and wait ,
all small arm men . Pass the order down to the gunner , and bid all fire high , and
take the rigging . " · Bang went one of the Spaniard ' s bow guns , and the shot ...
Fire , and with a will ! Have at her , archers : have at her , muskets all ! " and in an
instant a storm of bar and chain - shot , round and canister , swept the proud Don
from stem to stern , while through the white cloud of smoke the musket - balls ...
... crammed with sol . diers , and the muzzles of cannon grinned out through port -
holes , not only in the sides of the forecastle , but forward in the line of the galley '
s course , thus enabling her to keep up a continual fire on a ship right ahead .
Who knew but what there might be English among those sun - browned , half -
naked masses of panting wretches ? “ Must we fire upon the slaves ? " asked
more than one , as the thought crossed him . Amyas sighed . “ Spare them all you