Excerpt from Adventures on the High Seas: Romantic Incidents Perils of Travel, Sport, and Exploration Throughout the World Not all the races that have won rewn by their daring adventures on the ocean can, perhaps, be credited with a passion for the sea. Those adventurous traders, the old Ph nicians, are said to have hugged the shores of the Mediterranean, and to have ventured as little as possible out of sight of land. It was the pursuit of wealth and the thirst for discovery which led the mercantile Venetians of the Middle Ages and the Spanish and Portuguese explorers to brave the dangers of the deep, rather than a love of its salt breezes and rolling waves. Yet among them, as among the old Vikings, and the Dutchmen of later times, t less ready on occasion to fight than to trade, and the hardy mariners from British ports and from harbours across the Atlantic, have been many of those true lovers of the sea to whom the sailor's life, if the most dangerous of avocations, is also the most alluring. These are ready to exclaim, with Childe Harold - Once more upon the waters! yet once more!And the waves hound beneath me as a steedThat kws his rider. Welcome to their roar!Swift be their guidance, wheresoe'er it lead, Though the strain'd mast should quiver as a reed, And the rent canvas fluttering strew the gale. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.