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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GREAT SEA STORIES SPANISH BLOODHOUNDS AND ENGLISH MASTIFFS
From “ Westward Hol " BY CHARLES KINGSLEY X THEN the sun leaped up the
next morning , and the tropic light flashed suddenly into the tropic day , Amyas
At last the morning broke , and the look - out man upon the gangway called out , “
Land on the lee beam ! ” I perceived the master dash his feet against the
hammock - rails , as if with vexation , and walk away without saying a word ,
... what I had witnessed that morning , that , whenever the idea came over me ,
that in all probability I should be lost in a few hours , I could not help
acknowledging how much more serious it was that such a man should be lost to
his country .
We were now comparatively safe — in a few hours completely so ; for , strange to
say , immediately after we had weathered the rocks , the gale abated , and before
morning we had a reef out of the topsails . THE CRUISE OF THE TORCH From ...
He was heartily welcomed ; and under the plea of our being obliged to return to
the ship early next morning , we soon took leave , and returned to the inn . As I
was turning into the public room , the door was open , and I could see it full of ...