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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It shall fly to a better fiddle - bow presently , sir , and I have the luck — " . “ Steady
, helm ! ” said Amyas . “ What is he after now ? " The Spaniard , who had been
coming upon them right down the wind under a press of sail , took in his light ...
We can sail two points nearer the wind than he . ” As Amyas had calculated , the
Spaniard would gladly enough have stood across the Rose ' s bows , but
knowing the English readiness dare not for fear of being raked ; so her only plan ,
if she ...
Forward , and cut away the wreck ! ” said Amyas , unmoved . " Small arm men ,
be ready . He will be aboard of us in five minutes ! " It was true . The Rose ,
unmanageable from the loss of her head - sail , lay at the mercy of the Spaniard ...
... up like so many moulting fowls ! Here , all old friends , lend a hand ! Pelican ' s
men , stand by your captain ! Did we sail round the world for nothing ? " This last
appeal struck home , and up leaped half BLOODHOUNDS AND MASTIFFS 21.
... where do you go to , my lad ? ” " Why , if I can ' t get shipped to - night , I shall
trundle down to Cove immediately , so as to cross at Passage before daylight ,
and take my chance of shipping with some of the outward - bound that are to sail ,