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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ANONYMOUS The Wreck of the Royal Caroline . . . . . . . 129 From “ The Red
Rover . ” By James FenniMORE COOPER The Capture of the Great White Whale
. . . . . 145 From “ Moby Dick . ” By Herman MELVILLE The Corvette Claymore .
By James FenniMORE Cooper The Capture of the Great White Whale . . . . . 145
from “ Moby Dick . ” By Herman Melville The Corvette Claymore . . . . . . . . . . . 181
From " Ninety - three . " By VICTOR HUGO The Merchants ' Cup . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
... whale , exposing all her long black hulk almost down to the keel , and one of
her lower - deck guns as if in defiance exploded upright into the air , hurling the
ball to the very heavens . In an instant it was answered from the Rose by a
... and trousers the heat of the blazing fire , that roared up the chimney , sent up a
smoky steam that cast a halo round a lamp which depended from the roof , and
hung down within two feet of the table , stinking abominably of coarse whale oil .
Says the whale to the swordfish , ” suggested Fullalove , with a little guttural
laugh . The captain , with the American glass at his eye , turned half round to the
man at the wheel : “ Starboard ! " “ Starboard it is . ” " Steer South South East .