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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... 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
mind to ...
He made up his mind , as usual , to the desperate game . “ Lay her head up in the
wind , helmsman , and we will wait for them . ” They were now within musket -
shot , and opened fire from their bow - guns ; but , owing to the chopping sea ...
Don ' t you mind William Prust , that Captain Hawkins left behind in the Honduras
, years and years agone ? There ' s nine of us aboard , if your shot hasn ' t put '
em out of their misery . Come down , if you ' ve a Christian heart , come down !
... where they throve , turned their hands ( like true sailors ) to all manner of trades
, and made much money ; so that all went well , until the fatal year 1574 , when ,
much against the minds of many of the Spaniards themselves , that cruel and ...
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 . " " And one
culverin three of their footy little ordnance , " said another . “ So when you will ...