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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It shall fly to a better fiddle - bow presently , sir , and I have the luck — " . “ Steady
, helm ! ” said Amyas . “ What is he after now ? " The Spaniard , who had been
coming upon them right down the wind under a press of sail , took in his light ...
We can sail two points nearer the wind than he . ” As Amyas had calculated , the
Spaniard would gladly enough have stood across the Rose ' s bows , but
knowing the English readiness dare not for fear of being raked ; so her only plan ,
if she ...
above their heads , hung trailing in the water . The ship , her tiller shot away , and
her helmsman killed , staggered helplessly a moment , and then fell up into the
wind . “ Well done , men of Devon ! " shouted Amyas , as cheers rent the welkin .
To run from them was to be caught between them and the ship . He made up his
mind , as usual , to the desperate game . “ Lay her head up in the wind ,
helmsman , and we will wait for them . ” They were now within musket - shot , and
You ' m better go to your work , lads , or the big one will have the wind of us yet . ”
" So she will , " said Amyas , who had overheard ; but so great is the curiosity of
all hands that he has some trouble in getting the men to quarters again ; indeed ...