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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Amyas took charge of the poop , Cary of the forecastle , and Yeo , as gunner , of
the main - deck , while Drew , as master , settled himself in the waist ; and all was
ready , and more than ready , before the great ship was within two miles of them ...
Ready about ! ” and about she went like an eel , and ran upon the opposite tack
right under the Spaniard ' s stern . The Spaniard , astonished at the quickness of
the maneuver , hesitated a moment , and then tried to get about also , as his only
... the other galley , which has been hovering out of reach of his guns : but there is
no need to trouble himself about her ; sickened with what she has got , she is
struggling right up wind , leaning over to one side , and seemingly ready to sink .
An unlucky shot had cut the foremast ( already wounded ) in two , and all forward
was a mass of dangling wreck . " Forward , and cut away the wreck ! ” said Amyas
, unmoved . " Small arm men , be ready . He will be aboard of us in five minutes ...
Hands , wear ship — ready , oh , ready . ” “ She has come up again , ” cried the
master , who was at the binnacle . " Hold fast there a minute . How ' s her head
now ? " “ N . N . E . , as she was before she broke off , sir . " “ Pipe belay , " said