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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By W . Clark RUSSELL The Sailor ' s Wife . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250 From " An Iceland
Fisherman . ” By PIERRE LOTI The Salving of the Yan - Shan . . . . . . . . . . 263
From " In Blue Waters . " By H . DE VERE STACPOOLE PAGE The Derelict
... The Sailor ' s Wife . . . From “ An Iceland Fisherman . ” By Pierre LOTI The
Salving of the Yan - Shan . . . . . . . . . . 263 From " In Blue Waters . ” By H . DE
VERE STACPOOLE Fr RMAN MELVILLE . . . . . . . 250 PAGE The Derelict
Neptune . . . . . .
... the Dons fed and clothed them , and allotted them as servants to various
gentlemen about Mexico , where they throve , turned their hands ( like true sailors
) to all manner of trades , and made much money ; so that all went well , until the
... after the fashion of the English gentlemen , had stripped themselves nearly as
bare as their own sailors , and were cheering , thrusting , hewing , and hauling ,
here , there , and everywhere , like any common mariner , and filling them with a
A wild figure sprang out of the mass of sailors who struggled and shrieked amid
the foam , and rushed upward at the Spaniard . It was Michael Heard . The Don ,
who stood above him , plunged his sword into the old man ' s body : but the ...