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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Sulkily enough , but unable to deny the necessity , the men set to work , and the
vessel ' s head was put toward the land ; but when she began to slip through the
water , the leak increased so fast that they were kept hard at work at the pumps ...
We had chased a convoy of vessels to the bottom of the bay : the wind was very
fresh when we hauled off , after ... and a tremendous sea , which appeared to
have risen up almost by magic , rolled in upon us , setting the vessel on a dead
What vessel is that astern of us ? ” said Treenail to the mate . Before he could
answer , a shot from the brig fired at the privateer showed she was broad awake .
Next moment Captain Deadeye hailed . “ Have you mastered the prize crew , Mr
... hands tied behind his back , and a gag in his mouth ; his face purple from the
blood running to his head , and the white of his eyes turned up , while his loud
stertorous breathing but too clearly indicated the rupture of a vessel on the brain .
... who requested us to hoist in their boat , and take them all on board , as , the
pilot schooner to which they belonged had that morning bore up for Kingston ,
and left instructions to them to follow her in the first vessel appearing afterwards .