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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The galley's helm went up to port, and her beak slid all but harmless along
Amyas's bow; a long dull grind, and then loud crack on crack, as the Rose sawed
slowly through the bank of oars from stem to stern, hurling the wretched slaves in
And two venomous - looking craft they were , as they shot through the short
chopping sea upon some forty oars apiece , stretching their long sword - fish
snouts over the water , as if snuffing for their prey . Behind this long snout , a
To out - maneuver their oars as he had done the ship ' s sails , Amyas knew was
impossible . To run from them was to be caught between them and the ship . He
made up his mind , as usual , to the desperate game . “ Lay her head up in the ...
The galley ' s helm went up to port , and her beak slid all but harmless along
Amyas ' s bow ; a long dull grind , and then loud crack on crack , as the Rose
sawed slowly through the bank of oars from stem to stern , hurling the wretched
From amid the wreck of broken oars and writhing limbs , a voice is shrieking in
broadest Devon to the master , who is looking over the side . “ Oh , Robert Drew !
Robert Drew ! Come down , and take me out of hell ! ” . “ Who be you , in the