The figures in this boat
were those of a strong man with ragged grizzled hair and a sun-browned face, and a dark girl of nineteen or twenty, sufficiently like him to be recognizable as his daughter.
those tiger yellow creatures of his seemed all steel and whale-bone; like five trip-hammers they rose and fell with regular strokes of strength, which periodically started the boat
along the water like a horizontal burst boiler out of a Mississippi steamer.
cried Captain Mayhew; thou must either-- But that instant a headlong wave shot the boat
far ahead, and its seethings drowned all speech.
They were at some distance above the sand-bar, however, and on the opposite side of the river, and saw, with intense anxiety, the number of savages continually augmenting, at the lower end of the channel, so that the boat
would be exposed to a fearful attack before they could render it any assistance.
There was just the faintest wind from the westward; but it breathed its last by the time we managed to get to leeward of the last lee boat
I had looped it round slowly and cautiously, and tied it up in the middle, and folded it in two, and laid it down gently at the bottom of the boat
Instead, the same energy that had done these things flowed into the wasted muscles and reeling wills of the men, making them move--nay, moving them--till they tottered the several intervening miles to the cached boat
, underneath which they fell together and lay motionless a long time.
When it is all out, stretching directly across the stream, the men make their boat
fast to one end of the net and drift along with it.
As soon as they got to the place where their other boat
lay, they ran their boat
into the beach and came all on shore, hauling the boat
up after them, which I was glad to see, for I was afraid they would rather have left the boat
at an anchor some distance from the shore, with some hands in her to guard her, and so we should not be able to seize the boat
Early as it was, there were plenty of scullers going here and there that morning, and plenty of barges dropping down with the tide; the navigation of the river between bridges, in an open boat
, was a much easier and commoner matter in those days than it is in these; and we went ahead among many skiffs and wherries, briskly.
At night they landed, hauled up their boat
to dry, pitched their tent, and made a rousing fire.
We pulled an easy stroke; but when the master of the brig, after a glance over his shoulder, stood up with a low exclamation, my men feathered their oars instinctively, without an order, and the boat
lost her way.