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
from the Rose , from whose poop Aies the flag of England , and from her fore the
arms of Leigh and Cary side by side , and over them the ship and bridge of the
good town of Bideford . And then Amyas calls — “ Now , silence trumpets , waits ...
Behind this long snout , a strong square forecastle was crammed with sol . diers ,
and the muzzles of cannon grinned out through port - holes , not only in the sides
of the forecastle , but forward in the line of the galley ' s course , thus enabling ...
... 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 a yell which rent their ears and
From amid the wreck of broken oars and writhing limbs , a voice is shrieking in
broadest Devon to the master , who is looking over the side . “ Oh , Robert Drew !
Robert Drew ! Come down , and take me out of hell ! ” . “ Who be you , in the