Allied to the bottom of the river rather than the surface, by reason of the slime and ooze with which it was covered, and its sodden state, this boat and the two figures in it obviously were doing something that they often did, and were seeking what they often sought.
But, it happened now, that a slant of light from the setting sun glanced into the bottom of the boat, and, touching a rotten stain there which bore some resemblance to the outline of a muffled human form, coloured it as though with diluted blood.
Only the silence of the boat was at intervals startlingly pierced by one of his peculiar whispers, now harsh with command, now soft with entreaty.
Our sail was now set, and, with the still rising wind, we rushed along; the boat going with such madness through the water, that the lee oars could scarcely be worked rapidly enough to escape being torn from the row-locks.
Not a chip of the boat
was harmed, nor a hair of any oarsman's head; but the mate for ever sank.
Hunt, who correctly concluded it to be the boat
Indeed, as I gazed at the heavy sea through which we were running, I doubted that there was a boat
Then the second man climbs out of the boat
and comes to help him, and they get in each other's way, and hinder one another.
Light as the task would have been for a strong man to lower the small boat
to the ground, it took Daylight hours.
As we came upon the fleet of law-breaking fishermen, each boat
two or three hundred yards from its neighbors, and boats
and nets dotting the river as far as we could see, Charley said:
This was a great disappointment to us, for now we were at a loss what to do, as our seizing those seven men on shore would be no advantage to us if we let the boat
escape; because they would row away to the ship, and then the rest of them would be sure to weigh and set sail, and so our recovering the ship would be lost.
We certainly had not been, and at that time as certainly we were not, either attended or followed by any boat
Some pointed their guns at the boat
, and threatened to fire; others stripped, plunged into the stream, and came swimming across.
But all this lasted only a few soothing seconds before I jumped up too, making the boat
roll like the veriest landlubber.
Get in, my dears," said the shaggy man; "I'm sure I can manage this boat
as well as any sailor.