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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... and old Salvation Yeo , a text upon his lips , and a fury in his heart as of Joshua
or Elijah in old time , worked on , calm and grim , but with the energy of a boy at
play . And now and then an opening in the smoke showed the Spanish captain ...
A gun from the commodore , who showed a number of lights . “ What is that , Mr .
Kennedy ? ” said the captain to the old gunner . “ The commodore has made the
night - signal for the sternmost ships to make more sail and close , sir .
We immediately released the men , eighteen in number , and armed them with
boarding - pikes . “ What vessel is that astern of us ? ” said Treenail to the mate .
Before he could answer , a shot from the brig fired at the privateer showed she
The next afternoon he passed the ship in her , going down the river , to Lin Tin , to
board the Chinese admiral for his chop , or permission to leave China . All night
the Agra showed three lights at her mizzen peak for him , and kept a sharp ...
It blew hard all night and till twelve the next day . The Agra showed her weak
point : she rolled abominably . A dirty night came on . At eight bells Mr . Grey
touched by Dodd ' s clemency , and brimful of zeal , reported a light in Mrs .
Beresford ' s ...