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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... they only go on condition of parting among themselves with them the
newcomers , each to tell his sad and strange story . How after Captain Hawkins ,
constrained by famine , had put them ashore , they wandered in misery till the
Tell him if he fires again , I ' ll put him in irons , if he were my own brother . Cut
away the grapples aloft , men . Don ' t you see how she drags us over ? Cut away
, or we shall sink with her . ” They cut away , and the Rose , released from the ...
I ' ll tell you where we are going , lads , " said Amyas , rising from his work . " Like
it or leave it as you will , I have no secrets from my crew . We are going inshore
there to find a harbor , and careen the ship . " There was a start and a murmur .
Mind you ease the helm down when I tell you . ” About a minute passed before
the captain gave any further orders . The ship had closed - to within a quarter -
mile of the beach , and the waves curled and topped around us , bearing us
My lads , " said the captain to the ship ' s company , “ you have behaved well ,
and I thank you ; but I must tell you honestly that we have more difficulties to get
through . We have to weather a point of the bay on this tack . Mr . Falcon , splice