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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I did as I was ordered , and we immediately pulled on shore , where , leaving two
strong fellows in charge of the boat , with instructions to fire their pistols and
shove off a couple of boat - lengths should any suspicious circumstances
... from north and south , leaving a space of smooth water under the lee of the
island , shaped like the tail of a comet , tapering away , and gradually roughening
and becoming more stormy , until the roaring billows once more owned
Mr . Grey proceeded to lay the first tier on his saltpetre floor , and then built the
chests , tier upon tier , beginning at the sides , and leaving in the middle a lane
somewhat narrower than a tea chest . Then he applied a screw jack to the chests
She lay to under the land still , and with only a few hands on deck , while the Agra
edged away from her and entered the straits between Long Island and Point Leat
, leaving the schooner about two miles and a half distant to the N . W . Ah ! The ...
The ship rushed down the wind , leaving the schooner staggered and all abroad .
But not for long ; the pirate wore and fired his bow chasers at the now flying Agra ,
split one of the carronades in two , and killed a Lascar , and made a hole in ...