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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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 see whether our
height is not a match for her length . We must give her the slip , and take the ...
Behind this long snout , a strong square forecastle was 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 ...
An unlucky shot had cut the foremast ( already wounded ) in two , and all forward
was a mass of dangling wreck . " Forward , and cut away the wreck ! ” said Amyas
, unmoved . " Small arm men , be ready . He will be aboard of us in five minutes ...
Amyas looked up in astonishment and saw what it was . The Spaniard was
heeling fast over to leeward away from him . Her masts were all sloping forward ,
swifter and swifter — the end was come , then ! “ Back ! in God ' s name back ,
She gave one awful lunge forward , and dived under the coming swell , hurling
her crew into the eddies . Nothing but the point of her poop remained , and there
stood the stern and steadfast Don , cap - à - pié in his glistening black armor ...