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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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.
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 ...
Even Will Cary ' s volatile nature , which had kept him up during the fight gave
way , when Yeo and the carpenter came aft , and told Amyas in a low voice" We
are hit somewhere forward , below the waterline , sir . She leaks a terrible deal ,
About a minute passed before the captain gave any further orders . The ship had
closed - to within a quarter - mile of the beach , and the waves curled and topped
around us , bearing us down upon the shore , which presented one continued ...