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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his yards creaked round, and gathering way, he plunged upon the larboard
galley. " A dozen gold nobles to him who brings down the steersman !" shouted
Cary, who had his cue. And a flight of arrows from the forecastle rattled upon the
... having been kept as far as could be in fighting order all night , yet there was “
clearing of decks , lacing of nettings , making of bulwarks , fitting of waistcloths ,
arming of tops , tallowing of pikes , slinging of yards , doubling of sheets and
... it was too late , and while his lumbering length was still hanging in the wind ' s
eye , Amyas ' s bowsprit had all but scraped his quarter , and the Rose passed
slowly across his stern at ten yards ' distance . “ Now , then ! " roared Amyas .
The two galleys came on abreast of each other , some forty yards apart . To out -
maneuver their oars as he had done the ship ' s sails , Amyas knew was
impossible . To run from them was to be caught between them and the ship . He
made up ...
his yards creaked round , and gathering way , he plunged upon the larboard
galley . “ A dozen gold nobles to him who brings down the steersman ! " shouted
Cary , who had his cue . And a flight of arrows from the forecastle rattled upon the