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 every voice shouted , “ Yes . ” “ We will have it , Amyas , and have Frank too ,
yet , " cried Cary ; but Amyas shook his head . He knew , and knew not why he
knew , that all the ports in New Spain would never restore to him that one
... saving his presence , lads . Silas Staveley , smite me that boy over the head ,
the young monkey ; why is he not down at the powder - room door ? ” And Yeo
went about his gunnery , as one who knew how to do it , and had the most terrible
Who knew but what there might be English among those sun - browned , half -
naked masses of panting wretches ? “ Must we fire upon the slaves ? " asked
more than one , as the thought crossed him . Amyas sighed . “ Spare them all you
... determined , as all well knew , to wipe out in English blood the disgrace of her
late foil . “ Never mind , my merry masters , ” said Amyas , " she has quantity and
we quality . ” “ That ' s true , " said one , " for one honest man is worth two rogues .
When she had lost her way , the captain gave the order , “ Let go the anchor . We
will haul all at once , Mr . Falcon , " said the captain . Not a word was spoken ; the
men went to the fore brace , which had not been manned ; most of them knew ...