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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There was a murmur of applause from all around ; and if any young heart sank for
a moment at the prospect of fighting three ships at once , it was awed into silence
by the cheer which rose from all the older men , and by Salvation Yeo ' s ...
Ready about ! ” and about she went like an eel , and ran upon the opposite tack
right under the Spaniard ' s stern . The Spaniard , astonished at the quickness of
the maneuver , hesitated a moment , and then tried to get about also , as his only
above their heads , hung trailing in the water . The ship , her tiller shot away , and
her helmsman killed , staggered helplessly a moment , and then fell up into the
wind . “ Well done , men of Devon ! " shouted Amyas , as cheers rent the welkin .
... and how from that moment their lives were one long tragedy ; how they were all
imprisoned for a year and a half , racked again and again , and at last adjudged
to receive publicly , on Good Friday , 1575 , some three hundred , some one ...
Now was the moment for a counter stroke . Amyas shouted for the boarders , and
in two minutes more he was over the side , and clutching at the Spaniard ' s
mizzen rigging What was this ? The distance between him and the