Porpoises and dolphins, I believe, will be frequently observed athwart our Bows; and, either on the starboard or the larboard
quarter, objects of interest will be continually descried.
watch eight bells last night, was relieved by Amramoff, but did not go to bunk.
As to the seas, they runs more in uppers in the Bay of Biscay, unless it may be in a sow-wester, when they tumble about quite handsomely; thof it’s not in the narrow sea that you are to look for a swell; just go off the Western Islands, in a westerly blow, keeping the land on your larboard
hand, with the ship’s head to the south’ard, and bring to, under a close-reefed topsail; or, mayhap, a reefed foresail, with a fore-topmast-staysail and mizzen staysail to keep her up to the sea, if she will bear it; and ay there for the matter of two watches, if you want to see mountains.
By this accident we lost three men overboard with the caboose, and nearly the whole of the larboard
Two men, a hamper, and three oars immediately left the boat on the larboard
side, and reclined on the bank, and one and a half moments afterwards, two other men disembarked from the starboard, and sat down among boat-hooks and sails and carpet-bags and bottles.
On her larboard
quarter lay the two dark galleys, which had already hoisted sail, and were shooting out from Freshwater Bay in swift pursuit, their double line of oars giving them a vantage which could not fail to bring them up with any vessel which trusted to sails alone.
It was near here that Cook's consummate seamanship saved the expedition when he detected an impending collision merely from the noise of the waves: "At half past 4 we were alarmed at hearing the sound of breakers on our larboard
bow," he wrote.
I well remember Larboard
Larry but to us school kids he was known as Larbo.
But the directions he had given us about keeping a yellow warehouse on our starboard hand till we opened a white church to the larboard
, and then keeping that on the larboard
hand till we made a corner three points to the starboard, and that done, then ask the first man we met where the place was: these crooked directions of his very much puzzled us at first, especially as, at the outset, Queequeg insisted that the yellow warehouse--our first point of departure--must be left on the larboard
hand, whereas I had understood Peter Coffin to say it was on the starboard.
For a while the other side was known as larboard
, or loading side.