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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you a gentleman for , but to know better than those poor fickle fellows forward ,
who blow hot and cold at every change of weather ! " " I wish you ' d come
forward and speak to them , sir , " said Yeo , who had overheard the last words , “
or we ...
... the beach even at that time was so great , that they were certain to go to pieces
before they could be got afloat again . We were obliged to double - reef the
topsails as soon as we hauled to the wind , and the weather looked very
Then it is so , " observed the captain to the master , “ and if we weather it we shall
have more sea - room . ... observed the captain , stepping aft to the binnacle , and
looking at the compass ; “ if the wind does not baffle us , we shall weather .
The ship continued to hold her course good ; and we were within half a mile of
the point , and fully expected to weather it , when again the wet and heavy sails
flapped in the wind , and the ship broke off two points as before . The officers and
The captain , who stood upon the weather hammock - rails , holding by the main -
rigging , ordered the helm a - midships , looked full at the sails , and then at ...
grew broad upon the weather - bow , and held the ship from nearing the shore .