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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asked more than one , as the thought crossed him . Amyas sighed . “ Spare them
all you can , in God ' s name : but if they try to run us down , rake them we must ,
and God forgive us . " The two galleys came on abreast of each other , some forty
... Michael Heard is there , white - headed rather from misery than age ; and the
embracings and questionings begin afresh . " Where is my wife , Salvation Yeo ?
" . " With the Lord . ” “ Amen ! " says the old man , with a short shudder . “ I thought
The sea broke over us as we lay in the trough , deluging us with water from the
forecastle , aft , to the binnacles ; and very often as the ship descended with a
plunge , it was with such force that I really thought she would divide in half 26.
force that I really thought she would divide in half with the violence of the shock .
Double breechings were rove on the guns , and they were further secured with
tackles ; and strong cleats nailed behind the trunnions ; for we heeled over so ...
I thought at the time that the captain had said that he would haul all the yards at
once , there appeared to be doubt or dissent on the countenance of Mr . Falcon ;
and I was afterwards told that he had not agreed with the captain ; but he was too