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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... the Dons fed and clothed them , and allotted them as servants to various
gentlemen about Mexico , where they throve , turned their hands ( like true sailors
) to all manner of trades , and made much money ; so that all went well , until the
... as long as his conscience would allow him , found , when he turned to a more
clerical occupation , enough to do in carrying poor wretches to the surgeon ,
without giving that spiritual consolation which he longed to give , and they to
Michael turned “ And what should I come back for , then , to go home where no
one knoweth me ? I ' ll die like an Englishman this day , or I ' ll know the reason
why ! ” and turning , he sprang in over the bulwarks , as the huge ship rolled up ...
You were lions half - an - hour ago ; you are not surely turned sheep already !
Why , but yesterday evening you were grumbling because I would not run in and
fight those three ships under the batteries of La Guayra , and now you think it too
The captain waved his hand in silence to the quartermaster at the wheel , and the
helm was put down . The ship turned slowly to the wind , pitching and chopping
as the sails were spilling . When she had lost her way , the captain gave the ...