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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By the powers , it was as nate a thing as ever I saw done , ” observed O ' Brien : "
the slightest mistake as to time or management , and at this moment the flatfish
would have been dubbing at our ugly carcasses . Peter , you ' re not fond of ...
From the way in which he spoke , I imagined , in my innocence , that his room
was at my elbow ; but no such thing — we had to ascend a long , and not over -
clean staircase , to the fourth floor , before we were shown into a miserable little ...
... to wake ould Kate , there ;the howling will begin whenever Mother Doncannon
and Misthress Conolly come over from Middleton , and I look for dem every
minute . " There was no vestige of any living thing in the miserable hovel , except
The gun was discharged , and down rushed the black wavering pillar in a watery
avalanche , and in a minute after the dark heaving billows rolled over the spot
whereout it arose , as if no such thing had ever been . This said troubling of the ...
And a near thing it was too , but we soon had everything snug ; and although the
gale continued without any intermission for ten days , at length we ran in and
anchored with our prize in Five - Fathom Hole , off the entrance to St . George ' s ...