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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... hurling the wretched slaves in heaps upon each other; and ere her mate on the
other side could swing round to strike him in his new position, Amyas's whole
broadside, great and small, had been poured into her at pistol-shot, answered by
... each other ; and ere her mate on the other side could swing round to strike him
in his new position , Amyas ' s whole broadside , great and small , had been
poured into her at pistol - shot , answered by a yell which rent their ears and
easy point - blank range for his two - eighteen - pounder culverins , which Yeo
and his mate worked with terrible effect . " We are lacking her through and
through every shot , ” said he . “ Leave the small ordnance alone yet awhile , and
... and execute my orders with precision . Away to your stations for tacking ship .
Hands by the best bower anchor . Mr . Wilson , attend below with the carpenter
and his mates , ready to cut away the cable at the moment that I give the order .
Boatswain ' s mate , pipe away the crew of the jolly - boat . " We also hove to , and
were in the act of lowering down the boat , when the officer rattled out — " Keep
all fast with the boat ; I can ' t comprehend that chap ' s manoeuvres for the soul ...