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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Yes , Michael Heard is there , white - headed rather from misery than age ; and
the embracings and questionings begin afresh . " Where is my wife , Salvation
Yeo ? " . " With the Lord . ” “ Amen ! " says the old man , with a short shudder .
... 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 receive . At last there was a lull in that wild storm . No shot was heard from
And with much ado some were dragged back , some leaped back — all but old
Michael Heard . With hair and beard floating in the wind , the bronzed naked
figure , like some weird old Indian fakir , still climbed on steadfastly up the mizzen
Back men l " they heard him cry , " and die like valiant mariners . " Some of them
ran to the bulwarks , and shouted “ Mercy ! We surrender ! " and the English
broke into a cheer and called to them to run her alongside . “ Silence ! " shouted ...
It was Michael Heard . The Don , who stood above him , plunged his sword into
the old man ' s body : but the hatchet gleamed , nevertheless : down went the
blade through the headpiece and through head ; and as Heard sprang onward ...