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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By Charles Reade The Mutiny of the Bounty 99 From " Chamber's Miscellany . ”
ANONYMOUS The Wreck of the Royal Caroline . 129 From “ The Red Rover . ”
By James FENNIMORE COOPER The Capture of the Great White Whale 145
... I come back for , then , to go home where no one knoweth me ? I'll die like an
Englishman this day , or I'll know the reason why ! ” and turning , he sprang in
over the bulwarks , as the huge ship rolled up more and more , like a dying whale
... 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 . " Ay ,
... aft with grape and ball . In this alarming situation , Dodd kept as many of the
men below as possible ; but , for all he could do four were killed and seven
wounded . Fullalove's word came too true : it was the swordfish and the whale : it
was a ...