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. ...
... hurling the wretched slaves in heaps upon each other; and ere her mate on the
other side could swing round to strike him in his new position, Amyas's whole
broadside, great and small, had been poured into her at pistol-shot, answered by
... each other ; and ere her mate on the other side could swing round to strike him
in his new position , Amyas ' s whole broadside , great and small , had been
poured into her at pistol - shot , answered by a yell which rent their ears and
... 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 threatening . In an
hour afterwards , the whole sky was covered with one black cloud , which sank ...
The captain , first lieutenant , and most of the officers , remained on deck during
the whole of the night ; and really , what with the howling of the wind , the
violence of the rain , the washing of the water about the decks , the working of the
She now reminded me of a goaded and fiery horse , mad with the stimulus
applied ; not rising as before , but forcing herself through whole seas , and
dividing the waves , which poured in one continual torrent from the forecastle
down upon the ...