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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The big ship may keep ; she is a race ship , and if we can but recover the wind of
her , we will see whether our height is not a match for her length . We must give
her the slip , and take the galleys first . " “ I thank the Lord , ” said Yeo , “ who has
See , he is hauling up the foot of his mainsail : but he wants to keep the wind of
us . ” “ Let him try , then , " quoth Amyas . “ Keep her closer still . Let no one fire till
we are about . Man the starboard guns ; to starboard , and wait , all small arm ...
... crammed with sol . diers , and the muzzles of cannon grinned out through port -
holes , not only in the sides of the forecastle , but forward in the line of the galley '
s course , thus enabling her to keep up a continual fire on a ship right ahead .
... as he trained many another excellent officer , to be as stout in discipline and as
dogged of purpose , as he himself was : but he had trained him also to fcel with
and for his men , to make allowances for them , and to keep his temper with them
If any one wants to be safe in this life , he ' d best stay at home and keep his bed ;
though even there who knows but the roof might fall through on him ? ” " Ah , it ' s
all very well for you , captain , " said some grumbling younker , with a vague ...