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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shouted Cary, who had his cue. And a flight of arrows from the forecastle rattled
upon the galley's quarter-deck. Hit or not hit, the steersman lost his nerve, and
shrank from the coming shock. The galley's helm went up to port, and her beak
he shouted . “ If Drake took Nombre de Dios , we can take La Guayra . ” And
every voice shouted , “ Yes . ” “ We will have it , Amyas , and have Frank too , yet ,
" cried Cary ; but Amyas shook his head . He knew , and knew not why he knew ...
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 .
shouted Cary , who had his cue . And a flight of arrows from the forecastle rattled
upon the galley ' s quarter - deck . Hit or not hit , the steersman lost his nerve ,
and shrank from the coming shock . The galley ' s helm went up to port , and her ...
along the central gangway , shouting in Spanish , “ Freedom to the slaves ! death
to the masters ! ... shouted he . “ Throw us a hammer down , men . Hark ! there ' s
an English voice ! ” . There is indeed . From amid the wreck of broken oars and ...