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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... and proud , guiding and pointing , careless of the iron hail , but too lofty a
gentleman to soil his glove with aught but a knightly sword - hilt : while Amyas
and Will , after the fashion of the English gentlemen , had stripped themselves
nearly as ...
Tell him if he fires again , I ' ll put him in irons , if he were my own brother . Cut
away the grapples aloft , men . Don ' t you see how she drags us over ? Cut away
, or we shall sink with her . ” They cut away , and the Rose , released from the ...
Nothing but the point of her poop remained , and there stood the stern and
steadfast Don , cap - à - pié in his glistening black armor , immovable as a man of
iron , while over him the flag , which claimed the empire of both worlds , flaunted
An iron cresset , charged with coarse rancid oil , hung from the roof , the dull
smoky red light flickering on the dead corpse , as the breeze streamed in through
the door and numberless chinks in the walls , making the cold , rigid , sharp
The house itself stood back about twenty feet from the street , from which it was
separated by an iron railing . We knocked at the outer gate , but no one answered
. At length our black guide found out a bell - pull , and presently the clang of a ...