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 .
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 .
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 down , and take me out of hell ! ” . “ Who be you , in the
An unlucky shot had cut the foremast ( already wounded ) in two , and all forward
was a mass of dangling wreck . " Forward , and cut away the wreck ! ” said Amyas
, unmoved . " Small arm men , be ready . He will be aboard of us in five minutes ...