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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And every voice shouted , “ Yes . ” “ We will have it , Amyas , and have Frank too ,
yet , " cried Cary ; but Amyas shook his head . He knew , and knew not why he
knew , that all the ports in New Spain would never restore to him that one
Never a one , sir , thank God . " 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 ...
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 ...
... more perfect mechanically , but cold and tyrannous , and crushing spiritually ,
never could bestow . The black - plumed Señor was obeyed ; but the golden -
locked Amyas was followed , and would have been followed through the jaws of
... ah ! it was not for nothing that we found poor Michael ! He was always a good
comrade . And now , then , my masters , shall we inshore again and burn La
Guayra ? " “ Art thou never glutted with Spanish blood , thou 18 GREAT SEA