Immediately the fifty heroes got on board, and seizing their oars
, held them perpendicularly in the air, while Orpheus (who liked such a task far better than rowing) swept his fingers across the harp.
Sam plied his oars
with redoubled vigor, and knowing all the eddies and currents of the stream, soon left their followers, if such they were, far astern.
The " Portugee" was rocking fully a mile away, but when Dan up- ended an oar
he waved his left arm three times.
But we shoved off without mischance; the chief mate had the tiller; the third mate the boat-hook; and six or eight oars
were at work, in a fashion, as we plunged among the great smooth sickening mounds and valleys of fathomless ink.
With some bailing, and with others bending to the oars
, the boat rowed frantically away, while Daughtry took Ah Moy with him down into the lazarette beneath the cabin floor and broke out and passed up more provisions.
Taft's beds were three miles away, and for a long time we rowed silently in the wake of the other boats, once in a while grounding and our oar
blades constantly striking bottom.
Henderson duplicated it, selecting Harrison's right oar
And now I thought myself pretty well freighted, and began to think how I should get to shore with them, having neither sail, oar
, nor rudder; and the least capful of wind would have overset all my navigation.
I had no mast or sail in mine, but I made a mast out of a spare oar
and hoisted a boat-awning for a sail, with a boat-hook for a yard.
In the excitement of getting into the other boat, unfastening it, and mastering an oar
, Bob was not struck with the danger Maggie incurred.
It was that dull kind of a regular sound that comes from oars
working in rowlocks when it's a still night.
Here I hired a narrow light vessel, and, placing eighteen oars
on a side, went close by the shore from Chaul to Goa, almost eighty leagues.
Then I told the rest to go on board at once, lest any of them should taste of the lotus and leave off wanting to get home, so they took their places and smote the grey sea with their oars
Daylight saw the Arangi under way, her sails drooping heavily in the dead air while the boat's crew toiled at the oars
of the whaleboat to tow her out through the narrow entrance.
That should give them heart," said Sir Nigel, eyeing the galleys, which crept along on either side, with a slow, measured swing of their great oars
, the water swirling and foaming under their sharp stems.