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 only chance you have of safety is to be cool , watch my eye , and execute my
orders with precision . Away to your stations for tacking ship . Hands by the best
bower anchor . Mr . Wilson , attend below with the carpenter and his mates ...
... you have behaved well , and I thank you ; but I must tell you honestly that we
have more difficulties to get through . We have to weather a point of the bay on
this tack . Mr . Falcon , splice the main - brace , and call the watch . How ' s her
When I entered the gunroom , the first lieutenant , master , and purser , were
sitting smoking and enjoying themselves over a glass of cold grog — the gunner
tak . ing the watch on deck — the doctor was piping anything but mellifluously on
It was my watch on deck . A gun from the commodore , who showed a number of
lights . “ What is that , Mr . Kennedy ? ” said the captain to the old gunner . “ The
commodore has made the night - signal for the sternmost ships to make more sail
The next day I had the forenoon watch ; the weather had lulled unexpectedly nor
was there much sea , and the deck was all alive , to take advantage of the fine
blink , when the man at the mast - head sang out — " Breakers right ahead , sir .