A great battleship, forging silent and unlighted through the dark night, loomed close astern
In fact, the dead men in the canoe we had left astern
after the battle and the survivors who were paddling rapidly toward their shore were the first he ever had seen.
The sea was calm except for the white water at our bows and the two long radiating swells running far off into the distance upon either hand astern
, forming a great V which our propellers filled with choppy waves.
The salmon boat got out its oars and soon left us far astern.
I could see him casting longing glances at the small skiff towing astern, so in the next calm I hauled the skiff alongside.
Nevertheless, the monoplane was tossed fully three hundred feet before the danger was left astern
south of Cape Horn, the net was put astern
several times; it never, however, brought up anything besides a few of two extremely minute species of Entomostraca.
All day we sailed, and all night, and the next day, and the next, day after day, the wind always astern
and blowing steadily and strong.
But after nightfall, when we had turned the end of Tiree and began to head more to the east, the sea came right astern
As she plunged into a foaming valley, how I loved to see the green waves, bordered deep with white, come rushing on astern, to buoy her upward at their pleasure, and curl about her as she stooped again, but always own her for their haughty mistress still
And I think if that pilot had wanted to borrow fifty pounds for an indefinite period on no security, we should have engaged to lend it to him, among us, before his boat had dropped astern, or (which is the same thing) before every scrap of news in the paper he brought with him had become the common property of all on board.
There was now a tender yellow moonlight on the river, and the new comer, keeping half his boat's length astern
of the other boat looked hard at its track.
The boats, fast astern, lay in a deep shadow, and all around I could see the circle of the sea lighted by the fire.
What bothered me was that the ship, lying broadside to the swell and to such wind as there was--a mere breath-- the boats would not keep astern where they were safe, but persisted, in a pig-headed way boats have, in getting under the counter and then swinging alongside.
Before sunset a thick rain-squall passed over the two boats, which were far astern, and that was the last I saw of them for a time.