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.
Before daylight, the chill of the water and the passage of the hours had sobered me sufficiently to make me wonder what portion of the Straits I was in, and also to wonder if the turn of the tide wouldn't catch me and take me back ere I had drifted out into San Pablo Bay.
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 girl pulled the hood of a cloak she wore, over her head and over her face, and, looking backward so that the front folds of this hood were turned down the river, kept the boat in that direction going before the tide.
The very basket that you slept in, the tide washed ashore.
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.
I can tell you that it was with palpitating hearts that we sat upon the river-bank and watched that tide come slowly in.
Now the tides
are not strong in the Pacific; and, if you cannot lighten the Nautilus, I do not see how it will be reinflated.
So D'Artagnan saw the fishermen haul their barks to meet the tide
with a windlass.
was getting lower, and he had difficulty in escaping the mud-banks.
I had three encouragements - 1st, a smooth, calm sea; 2ndly, the tide
rising, and setting in to the shore; 3rdly, what little wind there was blew me towards the land.
We'll have happy times, for I don't suffer much, and I think the tide
will go out easily, if you help me.
Even at high tide
the creeks never reach so far as the back there.
What was more important, the shell-fish on which I lived grew there in great plenty; when the tide
was out I could gather a peck at a time: and this was doubtless a convenience.