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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If Drake took Nombre de Dios , we can take La Guayra . ” And every voice
shouted , “ Yes . ” “ We will have it , Amyas , and have Frank too , yet , " cried Cary
; but Amyas shook his head . He knew , and knew not why he knew , that all the
Amyas shook his head , took the tiller from the steers . man , and bade him go
below and fill himself . Will Cary went down , and returned in five minutes with a
plate of bread and beef , and a great jack of ale , coaxed them down Amyas ' s ...
Amyas took charge of the poop , Cary of the forecastle , and Yeo , as gunner , of
the main - deck , while Drew , as master , settled himself in the waist ; and all was
ready , and more than ready , before the great ship was within two miles of them ...
It shall fly to a better fiddle - bow presently , sir , and I have the luck — " . “ Steady
, helm ! ” said Amyas . “ What is he after now ? " The Spaniard , who had been
coming upon them right down the wind under a press of sail , took in his light ...
... s arms , Why make a long story of what took but five minutes to do ? The nine
men ( luckily none of them wounded ) are freed , and helped on board , to be
hugged and kissed by old comrades and young kinsmen ; while the remaining