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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The soldiers in the forecastle had been able to give them no assistance, open as
they lay to the arrows and musketry from the Rose's lofty stern. Amyas rushed
along the central gangway, shouting in Spanish, "Freedom to the 8 GREAT SEA ...
We must give her the slip , and take the galleys first . " “ I thank the Lord , ” 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
The soldiers in the forecastle had been able to give them no assistance , open as
they lay to the arrows and musketry from the Rose ' s lofty stern . Amyas rushed
along the central gangway , shouting in Spanish , “ GREAT SEA STORIES.
... as long as his conscience would allow him , found , when he turned to a more
clerical occupation , enough to do in carrying poor wretches to the surgeon ,
without giving that spiritual consolation which he longed to give , and they to
I ' ll go nowhere , and do nothing without the advice of Salvation Yeo and Robert
Drew ; and if any man in the ship knows better than these two , let him up , and
we ' ll give him a hearing . Eh , Pelicans . " There was a grunt of approbation from