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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Amyas stood still steering . His face was grown seven years older in the last night
. A terrible set calm was on him . Woe to the man who came across him that day !
“ There are three of them , you see , my masters , " said he , as the crew came ...
As Amyas had calculated , the Spaniard would gladly enough have stood across
the Rose ' s bows , but knowing the English readiness dare not for fear of being
raked ; so her only plan , if she did not intend to shoot past her foe down to ...
Amyas , as usual , withheld his fire . The men stood at quarters with compressed
lips , not knowing what was to come next . Amyas , towering motionless on the
quarter - deck , gave his orders calmly and decisively . The men saw that he
The last volley had swept the deck clear ; one by one had dropped below to
escape that fiery shower : and alone at the helm , grinding his teeth with rage , his
mustachios curling up to his very eyes , stood the Spanish captain . Now was the
Righted : but only for a moment , long enough to let her crew come pouring wildly
up on deck , with cries and prayers , and rush aft to the poop , where , under the
flag of Spain , stood the tall captain , his left hand on the standard - staff , his ...