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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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 ports in New Spain would never restore to him that one
He no longer felt his wounds or his great sorrow as he bustled about the deck ;
and ere a quarter of an hour had passed , his voice cried firmly and cheerfully as
of old — “ Now , my masters , let us serve God , and then to breakfast , and after ...
Hark ! there ' s an English voice ! ” . There is indeed . From amid the wreck of
broken oars and writhing limbs , a voice is shrieking in broadest Devon to the
master , who is looking over the side . “ Oh , Robert Drew ! Robert Drew ! Come
shouted a dozen voices . Michael turned “ And what should I come back for , then
, to go home where no ... Gunner Yeo , sir , " shouted a voice from the maindeck .
" He ' s like a madman down here . " " Tell him if he fires again , I ' ll put him in ...
Even Will Cary ' s volatile nature , which had kept him up during the fight gave
way , when Yeo and the carpenter came aft , and told Amyas in a low voice" We
are hit somewhere forward , below the waterline , sir . She leaks a terrible deal ,