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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He no longer felt his wounds or his great sorrow as he bustled about the deck ;
and ere a quarter of an hour had passed , his voice cried firmly and cheerfully as
of old — “ Now , my masters , let us serve God , and then to breakfast , and after ...
The history of the party was not likely to improve the good feeling of the crew
towards the Spanish ship which was two miles to leeward of them , and which
must be fought with , or fled from , before a quarter of an hour was past . So ,
So it raged for an hour or more , till all arms were weary , and all tongues clove to
the mouth . And sick men , rotting with scurvy , scrambled up on deck , and fought
with the strength of madness : and tiny powder . boys , handing up cartridges ...
You were lions half - an - hour ago ; you are not surely turned sheep already !
Why , but yesterday evening you were grumbling because I would not run in and
fight those three ships under the batteries of La Guayra , and now you think it too
Of the mouth they sent in Drew and Cary with a boat , and watched anxiously for
an hour . The boat returned with a good report of two fathoms of water over the
bar , impenetrable forests for two miles up , the river sixty yards broad , and no