Though he immediately endeavoured to reach the hatch and lift the cover, he was unable to do so.
Striking a match, he explored his surroundings, finding that a little compartment had been partitioned off from the main hold, with the hatch above his head the only means of ingress or egress.
To this end he examined his prison carefully, tested the heavy planking that formed its walls, and measured the distance of the hatch above him.
Long Jack roared down the hatch, and the "second ha'af" scrambled up at once.
You pitch to dad an' Tom Platt down the hatch, an' take keer Uncle Salters don't cut yer eye out," said Dan, swinging himself into the hold.
grunted Uncle Salters, without turning his head, and Harvey pitched the fish by twos and threes down the hatch.
Harvey saw half a dozen knives stuck in a cleat in the hatch combing.
The instant the last fish was down, Disko Troop rolled aft to the cabin with his brother; Manuel and Long Jack went forward; Tom Platt only waited long enough to slide home the hatch ere he too disappeared.
I had noticed that the girl had come on deck and was standing not far behind me, and when I saw the danger to which we were all exposed, I turned and forced her toward the hatch.
Then the two men went on deck through the main hatch, and while one kept watch, the other cut a hind quarter off Plesiosaurus Olsoni, as Bradley dubbed the thing.
So I called to the kanaka to come to me, and proceeded to share the hatch cover with him.
Captain Oudouse must have succumbed to exhaustion, for several days later his hatch cover drifted ashore without him.