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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Come down , captain ; you must eat too . " Amyas shook his head , took the tiller
from the steers . man , and bade him go below and fill himself . Will Cary went
down , and returned in five minutes with a plate of bread and beef , and a great
There was a grunt of approbation from the Pelicans ; and Amyas returned to the
charge . “ We have five shots between wind and water , and one somewhere
below . Can we face a gale of wind in that state , or can we not ? ” . Silence .
Some bread and cheese , with the remains of yesterday ' s boiled pork , were put
on the table , with a bottle of rum , procured at the time they “ spliced the main
brace , " but we were all too anxious to eat much , and one by one returned on ...
on , another wave dashed over her and spent itself upon the rocks , while the
spray was dashed back from them , and returned upon the decks . The main rock
was within ten yards of the counter , when another gust of wind laid us on our
He was heartily welcomed ; and under the plea of our being obliged to return to
the ship early next morning , we soon took leave , and returned to the inn . As I
was turning into the public room , the door was open , and I could see it full of ...