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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... after the fashion of the English gentlemen , had stripped themselves nearly as
bare as their own sailors , and were cheering , thrusting , hewing , and hauling ,
here , there , and everywhere , like any common mariner , and filling them with a
As the night closed in , it blew a dreadful gale , and the ship was nearly buried
with the press of canvas which she was obliged to carry : for had we sea - room ,
we should have been lying - to under storm staysails ; but we were forced to carry
yelled a third , as he hugged me , and nearly suffocated me with his maudlin
caresses , " I trundles wid you too , my darling , by the piper ! " " Have with you ,
boy — have with you , " shouted halfa - dozen other voices , while each stuck his
He pointed to an oaken form about eight feet long and nearly three inches thick .
To produce a two - inch rope , and junk it into three lengths , and rig the battering
ram , was the work of an instant . " One two , three , ” — and bang the door flew ...
We reached the boat , and time it was we did , for a number of stout fellows , who
had followed us in a gradually increasing crowd until they amounted to forty at
the fewest , now nearly surrounded us , and kept closing in . As the last of us ...