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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Hold on yet awhile . More ways of killing a cat than choking her with cream . Drew
, there , are your men ready ? ” . “ Ay , ay , sir ! " and on they went , closing fast
with the Spaniard , till within a pistol - shot . “ Ready about ! ” and about she went
Hold on , helmsman , and leave her to patch her tackle while we settle the galleys
. " On they shot merrily , and long ere the armada could get herself to rights again
, were two good miles to windward , with the galleys sweeping down fast upon ...
And sick men , rotting with scurvy , scrambled up on deck , and fought with the
strength of madness : and tiny powder . boys , handing up cartridges from the
hold , laughed and cheered as the shots ran past their ears ; and old Salvation
Yeo , a ...
The black bank of dingy leathern leaves above his head , the endless labyrinth of
stems and withes ( for every bough had lowered its own living cord , to take fresh
hold of the foul soil below ) ; the web of roots , which stretched away inland till it ...
Hold fast there a minute . How ' s her head now ? " “ N . N . E . , as she was before
she broke off , sir . " “ Pipe belay , " said the captain . “ Falcon , " continued he , “ if
she breaks off again we may have no room to wear ; indeed , there is so little ...