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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He no longer felt his wounds or his great sorrow as he bustled about the deck ;
and ere a quarter of an hour had passed , his voice cried firmly and cheerfully as
of old — “ Now , my masters , let us serve God , and then to breakfast , and after ...
... it was too late , and while his lumbering length was still hanging in the wind ' s
eye , Amyas ' s bowsprit had all but scraped his quarter , and the Rose passed
slowly across his stern at ten yards ' distance . “ Now , then ! " roared Amyas .
... the horrible reality of those floating hells , the cruel . ties whereof had rung so
often in English ears from the stories of their own countrymen , who had passed
them , fought them , and now and then passed years of misery on board of them .
The black - plumed Señor was obeyed ; but the golden - locked Amyas was
followed , and would have been followed through the jaws of hell . The Spaniards
, ere five minutes had passed , poured en masse into the Rose ' s waist : but 14 ...
How many years ago was it that he had passed this river ' s mouth ? Three days .
And yet how much had passed in them ! Don Guzman found and lostRose found
and lost - a great victory gained , and yet lost - perhaps his ship lost - above all ...