“The Open Boat” is a short story by American author Stephen Crane, first published in 1897. It tells the harrowing tale of four men stranded in a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean after their ship sinks. The story unfolds as they face exhaustion, hunger, and the constant threat of the relentless waves. Crane masterfully captures the men's physical and emotional ordeal, reflecting on themes of isolation, camaraderie, and the harsh unpredictability of life. The story is based on Crane's own experience as a correspondent aboard a ship that sank off the coast of Florida in 1896.