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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Full of impossible projects , he strode and staggered up and down , as the ship
thrashed and closehauled through the rolling seas . He would go back and burn
the villa . He would take Guayra , and have the life of every man in it in return for ...
same ships which we saw yesterday off Guayra . ... all around ; and if any young
heart sank for a moment at the prospect of fighting three ships at once , it was
awed into silence by the ... cried Cary ; and the ship was kept still closer to the
The big ship may keep ; she is a race ship , and if we can but recover the wind of
her , we will see whether our height is not a match for her length . We must give
her the slip , and take the galleys first . " “ I thank the Lord , ” said Yeo , “ who has
To out - maneuver their oars as he had done the ship ' s sails , Amyas knew was
impossible . To run from them was to be caught between them and the ship . He
made up his mind , as usual , to the desperate game . “ Lay her head up in the ...
Michael turned “ And what should I come back for , then , to go home where no
one knoweth me ? I ' ll die like an Englishman this day , or I ' ll know the reason
why ! ” and turning , he sprang in over the bulwarks , as the huge ship rolled up ...