Their gun crew
was off its guard; but they sprang to their piece now and sent a futile shell above our heads.
Her officers were swarthy bullies, hating and hated by their crew
. The captain, while a competent seaman, was a brute in his treatment of his men.
Reaction mounted from the crew
to the captain himself, and certainly, had it not been for the resolute determination on the part of Captain Farragut, the frigate would have headed due southward.
I have said it twice: That alone should encourage the crew
. Just the place for a Snark!
That protection could only consist in his own predominating brain and heart and hand, backed by a heedful, closely calculating attention to every minute atmospheric influence which it was possible for his crew
to be subjected to.
"We are fortunate," said the Gallant Crew
, "to have seen that in time.
The ship proved to be a good ship, the crew
were capable seamen, and the captain thoroughly understood his business.
The beasts, liberated from the confinement of the hold, wandered about the deck, not a little to the discomfiture of the crew
in whose minds there remained a still vivid picture of the savagery of the beasts in conflict with those who had gone to their deaths beneath the fangs and talons which even now seemed itching for the soft flesh of further prey.
"What you're going for is to save life, not to drown your boat's crew
for nothing," he growled severely in my ear.
The following day Dantes presented Jacopo with an entirely new vessel, accompanying the gift by a donation of one hundred piastres, that he might provide himself with a suitable crew
and other requisites for his outfit, upon condition that he would go at once to Marseilles for the purpose of inquiring after an old man named Louis Dantes, residing in the Allees de Meillan, and also a young woman called Mercedes, an inhabitant of the Catalan village.
A fine ship was provided called the Tonquin, of two hundred and ninety tons burden, mounting ten guns, with a crew
of twenty men.
While the boat's crew
bent to the oars, he steered with the sweep between his arm and his side in order that he might hold Jerry with the other arm.