Not a chip of the boat
was harmed, nor a hair of any oarsman's head; but the mate for ever sank.
Of course I had taken care that the boat
should be ready and everything in order.
I had half a mind to change my plan and destroy their boats
, but I feared that Silver and the others might be close at hand, and all might very well be lost by trying for too much.
Wyeth, as the reader may recollect, launched his bull boat
at the foot of the rapids of the Bighorn, and departed in advance of the parties of Campbell and Captain Bonneville.
The clatter they made tumbling into the boats
had an extraordinarily destructive effect upon the illusion of tragic dignity our self-esteem had thrown over the contests of mankind with the sea.
It was evident that a boat
had entered the bay, and I saw little reason to doubt the truth of the report that it had brought my companion.
At the expiration of an hour's struggling with the waves, it reached the spot where the admiral's vessel was anchored, and from the side of which two boats
had already been dispatched towards their aid.
Evening set in, night succeeded and passed away, and morning returned, but without the return of the boat
I don't think I ever remember to have seen Moulsey Lock, before, with only one boat
Fortunately the small boats
presented a rather poor target, which, combined with the bad marksmanship of the Germans preserved their occupants from harm; and after a few minutes a blotch of smoke appeared upon the eastern horizon and the U-boat
submerged and disappeared.
Lashings were cast off the boat
and the falls attached, when the men fled to holding-vantage just ere the whale arrived.
This was suspicious enough to warrant investigation, and the first and only boat
we succeeded in boarding proved to have an illegal net.
It was my task to tally the pelts as they came aboard from the boats
, to oversee the skinning and afterward the cleansing of the decks and bringing things ship-shape again.
If you have any regard for your life and the lives of all your men, put to sea without fail at high-water; and as you have a whole tide before you, you will be gone too far out before they can come down; for they will come away at high-water, and as they have twenty miles to come, you will get near two hours of them by the difference of the tide, not reckoning the length of the way: besides, as they are only boats
, and not ships, they will not venture to follow you far out to sea, especially if it blows.
One of the boats
dropped in the water, and walked towards us upon the sea with her long oars.