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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Five minutes' hard cutting, hand to hand, and the poop was clear. The soldiers in
the forecastle had been able to give them no assistance, open as they lay to the
arrows and musketry from the Rose's lofty stern. Amyas rushed along the central
and in an instant a storm of bar and chain - shot , round and canister , swept the
proud Don from stem to stern , while through the white cloud of smoke the musket
- balls , and the still deadlier clothyard arrows , whistled and rushed upon their ...
The soldiers in the forecastle had been able to give them no assistance , open as
they lay to the arrows and musketry from the Rose ' s lofty stern . Amyas rushed
along the central gangway , shouting in Spanish , “ GREAT SEA STORIES.
And in the meanwhile half the crew are clothing , feeding , questioning ,
caressing those nine poor fellows thus snatched from living death ; and Yeo ,
hearing the news , has rushed up on deck to welcome his old comrades , and — "
Is Michael ...
said Will Cary , and rushed to the side to leap overboard , but Amyas stopped him
. " Let him die as he lived , with honor . " A wild figure sprang out of the mass of
sailors who struggled and shrieked amid the foam , and rushed upward at the ...