Our sail was now set, and, with the still rising wind, we rushed along; the boat going with such madness through the water, that the lee oars
could scarcely be worked rapidly enough to escape being torn from the row-locks.
Or another, "Is that a boat yonder?" And afterwards, we would fall into a dead silence, and I would sit impatiently thinking with what an unusual amount of noise the oars
worked in the thowels.
My boat's crew, leaning over the looms of their oars
, stared and listened as if at the play.
The eight oars
stopped, and resisting the water, created a retrograde motion.
There was something very queer about the water, she thought, as every now and then the oars
got fast in it, and would hardly come out again.
In the excitement of getting into the other boat, unfastening it, and mastering an oar
, Bob was not struck with the danger Maggie incurred.
The whole thing happened in a second of time, for the first Italian was cutting the rope and Charley was clutching the skiff when the second Italian dealt him a rap over the head with an oar
, Charley released his hold and collapsed, stunned, into the bottom of the salmon boat, and the Italians bent to their oars
and escaped back under the ship's stern.
As he spoke a roar of voices and a roll of drums came from either galley, and the water was lashed into spray by the hurried beat of a hundred oars
. Down they swooped, one on the right, one on the left, the sides and shrouds black with men and bristling with weapons.
While all these events were occurring, I was labouring at the oar
without any hope of freedom; at least I had no hope of obtaining it by ransom, for I was firmly resolved not to write to my father telling him of my misfortunes.
I and my two boat-keepers kept them off as best we could with oars
and boat-hooks; but to be constantly at it became exasperating, since there was no reason why we should not leave at once.
Preserving an interval of some few yards between itself and the ship, the Jeroboam's boat by the occasional use of its oars
contrived to keep parallel to the Pequod, as she heavily forged through the sea (for by this time it blew very fresh), with her main-topsail aback; though, indeed, at times by the sudden onset of a large rolling wave, the boat would be pushed some way ahead; but would be soon skilfully brought to her proper bearings again.
I watched it come creeping down, and when it was most abreast of where I stood I heard a man say, "Stern oars