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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Five minutes' hard cutting, hand to hand, and the poop was clear. The soldiers in
the forecastle had been able to give them no assistance, open as they lay to the
arrows and musketry from the Rose's lofty stern. Amyas rushed along the central
Come down , captain ; you must eat too . " Amyas shook his head , took the tiller
from the steers . man , and bade him go below and fill himself . Will Cary went
down , and returned in five minutes with a plate of bread and beef , and a great
Five minutes ' hard cutting , hand to hand , and the poop was clear . The soldiers
in the forecastle had been able to give them no assistance , open as they lay to
the arrows and musketry from the Rose ' s lofty stern . Amyas rushed along the ...
clambered into the forecastle , followed close by his swarm of wasps , and set
them so good an example how to use their stings that in three minutes more there
was not a Spaniard on board who was not dead or dying . “ Let the slaves free !
So they set to work to repair damages ; while the liberated slaves , having shifted
some of the galley ' s oars , pull away after their comrade ; and that with such a
will that in ten minutes they have caught her up , and careless of the Spaniard ' s