Our oarsmen were so fresh, by dint of having occasionally let her drive with the tide for a minute or two, that a quarter of an hour's rest proved full as much as they wanted.
As the tide made, it flapped heavily at irregular intervals against the shore; and whenever such a sound came, one or other of us was sure to start and look in that direction.
Daylight, after I had been four hours in the water, found me in a parlous condition in the tide-rips off Mare Island light, where the swift ebbs from Vallejo Straits and Carquinez Straits were fighting with each other, and where, at that particular moment, they were fighting the flood tide setting up against them from San Pablo Bay.
The tides sweep through Carquinez Straits as in a mill-race, and the full ebb was on when I stumbled overboard.
The very basket that you slept in, the tide washed ashore.
Been a knocking about with a pretty many tides, ain't he pardner?
We had to work fast; but before the tide came in again we had stripped her of her sails and masts, righted her, and filled her about a quarter full of rock ballast.
Finally we had the satisfaction of seeing the vessel rise out of the mud and float slowly upstream with the tide. As the water rose we pulled her in quite close to the bank and clambered aboard.
"Friend Ned, I do not despair of this stout Nautilus, as you do; and in four days we shall know what to hold to on the Pacific tides
. Besides, flight might be possible if we were in sight of the English or Provencal coast; but on the Papuan shores, it is another thing; and it will be time enough to come to that extremity if the Nautilus does not recover itself again, which I look upon as a grave event."
When they reached the firm sand that marked high tide
, I was dropped, and none too gently.
There appeared before me a little opening of the land, and I found a strong current of the tide
set into it; so I guided my raft as well as I could, to keep in the middle of the stream.
He put them back from me; he said I was an old man; he said the discovery had shaken me; he said, "Let him alone a little." Then he turned to Yolland, and asked, "Is there any chance of finding her, when the tide
ebbs again?" And Yolland answered, "None.
All I can tell you is that it stands just out of reach of the full tides
, on a piece of rock, dead on the beach and about a mile from the station.
"Do you mean when the tide
is out --?" I cried, and could not finish.
They who have turned their attention to the affairs of men, must have perceived that there are tides
in them; tides
very irregular in their duration, strength, and direction, and seldom found to run twice exactly in the same manner or measure.