A Fable of the Sea.
Sometime during the Twelfth Dynasty, a folk-tale was composed (or became popular) that would echo through the ages as one of ancient Egypt’s most enduring tales.
The Shipwrecked Sailor tells of a nameless Egyptian who is marooned on a mythical island. He meets a god, gains valuable wisdom of life, and returns home to tell of his tale and share the wealth he has acquired. The story is a classic fable of the sea, the tropes of which can be found in tales like the Thousand and One Nights, or Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
The only image I’ve found for this story. Why does the serpent have arms? (Source: Petrie’s publications, via levigilant.com, a dated translation).
John Baines, “Interpreting the Story of the Shipwrecked Sailor,” Journal of Egyptian Archaeology76 (1990). Online pdf.
Peter der Manuelian, “Interpreting the Shipwrecked Sailor,” in Festschrift für Emmer Brunner-Traut (1992). Free Online Copy.
Fordham University – The Shipwrecked Sailor, online article.
St. Andrews University – Hieroglyphic text, transliteration and translation.