What are Sea Stories

August 4, 2006

A sea story is a work of fiction set largely at sea. The enclosed setting of life aboard a ship allows an author to portray a social world in miniature, with characters cut off from the outside world and forced to interact in cramped and stressful conditions.

The form has been popular from Homer’s Odyssey onwards. Notable exponents of the sea story include:

  • Captain Frederick Marryat (1792–1848): Peter Simple
  • Herman Melville (1819–1891): Moby Dick
  • C. S. Forester (1899–1966): Horatio Hornblower series
  • Nicholas Monsarrat (1910–1979): The Cruel Sea
  • Patrick O’Brian (1914–2000): Aubrey–Maturin series

But searching on the net you can find a lot of sea stories!!! So that’s the basic idea of this blog, collect or even writen sea tories, fictional or real… Welcome on board.

“Sometimes we are lucky enough to know that our lives have been changed, to discard the old, embrace the new, and run headlong down an immutable course. It happened to me … on that summer’s day, when my eyes were opened to the sea.”

. . . Jacques Yves Cousteau


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