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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... hurling the wretched slaves in heaps upon each other; and ere her mate on the
other side could swing round to strike him in his new position, Amyas's whole
broadside, great and small, had been poured into her at pistol-shot, answered by
Bang went one of the Spaniard ' s bow guns , and the shot went wide . Then
another and another , while the men fidgeted about , looking at the priming of
their muskets , and loosened their arrows in the sheaf . “ Lie down , men , and
sing a ...
and on they went , closing fast with the Spaniard , till within a pistol - shot . “
Ready about ! ” and about she went like an eel , and ran upon the opposite tack
right under the Spaniard ' s stern . The Spaniard , astonished at the quickness of
above their heads , hung trailing in the water . The ship , her tiller shot away , and
her helmsman killed , staggered helplessly a moment , and then fell up into the
wind . “ Well done , men of Devon ! " shouted Amyas , as cheers rent the welkin .
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 wind ,
helmsman , and we will wait for them . ” They were now within musket - shot , and