Edited by Joseph Lewis French.
Spanish Bloodhounds and English Mastiffs by Charles Kingsley
The Club-Hauling of the Diomede by Captain Frederick Marryat
The Cruise of the Torch by Michael Scott
The Merchantman and the Pirate by Charles Reade
The Mutiny of the Bounty by Anonymous
The Wreck of the Royal Caroline by James Fennimore Cooper
The Capture of the Great White Whale by Herman Melville
The Corvette Claymore by Victor Hugo
The Merchants' Cup by David W. Bone
A Storm and a Rescue by W. Clark Russell
The Sailor's Wife by Pierre Loti
The Salving of the Yan-Shan by H. De Vere Stackpoole
The Derelict Neptune by Morgan Robertson
The Terrible Solomonsby Jack London
El Dorado by John Masefield
if they try to run us down, rake them we must, and God forgive us."
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 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 opened fire from their bow-guns; but, owing to the chopping sea, their aim was wild. Amyas, as usual, withheld his fire.
The men stood at quarters with compressed lips, not knowing what was to come next. Amyas, towering motionless on the quarter-deck, gave his orders calmly and decisively. The men saw that he trusted himself, and trusted him accordingly.
The Spaniards, seeing him wait for them, gave a shout of joy--was the Englishman mad? And the two galleys converged rapidly, intending to strike him full, one on each bow.