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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Whereon ( laugh not , reader , for it was the fashion of those musical , as well as
valiant days ) up rose that noble old favorite of good Queen Bess , from cornet
and sackbut , fife and drum ; while Parson Jack , who had taken his stand with the
... standing cool and proud , guiding and pointing , careless of the iron hail , but
too lofty a gentleman to soil his glove with aught but a knightly sword - hilt : while
Amyas and Will , after the fashion of the English gentlemen , had stripped ...
I can ' t stand here chattering . Carpenter ! an ax ! and help me to cast these spars
loose . Get out of my way , there ! lumbering the scuppers up like so many
moulting fowls ! Here , all old friends , lend a hand ! Pelican ' s men , stand by
... the stream behind him , with Satan standing at the helm , he would scarcely
have been surprised . What fitter craft could haunt that Stygian flood ? THE CLUB
- HAULING OF THE DIOMEDE From “ Peter BLOODHOUNDS AND MASTIFFS
I put on my jacket again , and immediately proceeded thither , and on my way I
noticed a group of seamen , standing on the starboard gangway , dressed in pea
- jackets , under which , by the light of a lantern , carried by one of them , I could ...