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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... Good Friday , 1575 , some three hundred , some one hundred stripes , and to
serve in the galleys for six or ten years each ; while as the crowning atrocity of the
Moloch sacrifice , three of them were burnt alive in the market - place of Mexico .
She was , as I said , a long flushed - decked ship of full five hundred tons , more
than double the size , in fact , of he Rose , though not so lofty in proportion ; and
many a bold heart beat loud , and no shame to them , as she began firing away ...
Next morning we spent in looking about the townCork is a fine town — contains
seventy thousand inhabitants more or less — safe in that — and three hundred
thousand pigs , driven by herdsmen , with coarse grey greatcoats . The pigs are
It was a very large fleet , nearly three hundred sail of merchant vessels — and a
noble sight truly . A line - of - battle ship led , and two frigates and three sloops of
our class were stationed on the outskirts of the fleet , whipping them in , as it were
One fine evening ( we had by this time progressed into the trades , and were
within three hundred miles of Barbadoes ) the sun had set bright and clear , after
a most beautiful day , and we were bowling along right before it , rolling like the