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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I did as I was ordered , and we immediately pulled on shore , where , leaving two
strong fellows in charge of the boat , with instructions to fire their pistols and
shove off a couple of boat - lengths should any suspicious circumstances
... now stood a splendid grand piano , the silk in the open work above the keys
corresponding with the crimson cloth of the panels ; it was open , a Leghorn
bonnet with a green veil , a parasol , and two long white gloves , as if recently
pulled off ...
We pulled across towards the town , until we landed at the bottom of Hanover
Street ; the lights from the cabin windows of the merchantmen glimmering as we
passed , and the town only discernible from a solitary sparkle here and there .
The eight heavy reports bellowed the great ship ' s impatience across the water ,
and out pulled two boats with the passengers . While they were coming , Dodd
sent and ordered the gunner to load the - carronades with shot , and secure and
I was pulled out of bed , and forced on deck in my shirt , suffering great pain from
the tightness with which they had tied my hands . I demanded the reason of such
violence , but received no other answer than abuse for not holding my tongue .