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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... upon each other; and ere her mate on the other side could swing round to
strike him in his new position, Amyas's whole broadside, great and small, had
been poured into her at pistol-shot, answered by a yell which rent their ears and
... the sun leaped up the next morning , and the tropic light flashed suddenly into
the tropic day , Amyas was pacing the deck , with disheveled hair and torn
clothes , his eyes red with rage and weeping , his heart full — how can I describe
There was a murmur of applause from all around ; and if any young heart sank for
a moment at the prospect of fighting three ships at once , it was awed into silence
by the cheer which rose from all the older men , and by Salvation Yeo ' s ...
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 head , the young monkey ; why is he not down at the
of the slaves which accompanied every stroke , and the oaths and curses of the
drivers ; while a sickening musky smell , as of a pack of kenneled hounds , came
down the wind from off those dens of misery . No wonder if many a young heart ...