For, now, the last of the fleet of ships was round the last low point we had headed; and the last green barge, straw-laden, with a brown sail, had followed; and some ballast-lighters, shaped like a child's first rude imitation of a boat
, lay low in the mud; and a little squat shoal-lighthouse on open piles, stood crippled in the mud on stilts and crutches; and slimy stakes stuck out of the mud, and slimy stones stuck out of the mud, and red landmarks and tidemarks stuck out of the mud, and an old landing-stage and an old roofless building slipped into the mud, and all about us was stagnation and mud.
Then the ends of these strings were tied on to the front of the ship; and the swallows took hold of the strings with their feet and flew off, pulling the boat
He caught the painter and made it fast, and we fell to loading the boat
for our very lives.
JEREMY shoved the boat
out again a little way, and dropped in the bait.
We should observe that this year, the Rocky Mountain Company were pushing their way up the rivers, and establishing rival posts near those of the American Company; and that, at the very time of which we are speaking, Captain Sublette was ascending the Yellowstone with a keel boat
, laden with supplies; so that there was every prospect of this eager rivalship being carried to extremes.
After this, sitting by my side with his loosely-clasped hands hanging between his knees, he uttered no word, made no movement till the shadow of our ship's sails fell on the boat
, when, at the loud cheer greeting the return of the victors with their prize, he lifted up his troubled face with a faint smile of pathetic indulgence.
Appalled at their violence, the poor fellow, standing nearly to the waist in the surf, endeavoured to pacify them; but at length fearful that they would do him some fatal violence, he beckoned to his comrades to pull in at once, and take him into the boat
Immediately afterwards a hundred boats
were launched; they were covered with the richest stuffs, and destined for the conveyance of the different members of the French nobility towards the vessels at anchor.
He did the same, and the boat
floating near to him he seized hold of it.
What troubles Harris and myself, with regard to it, is that we are afraid it will attract attention to the boat
The inadequate boat
finally arrived at a precarious landing, the natives, waist-deep in the surf, assisting.
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.
Lashings were cast off the boat
and the falls attached, when the men fled to holding-vantage just ere the whale arrived.
This was suspicious enough to warrant investigation, and the first and only boat
we succeeded in boarding proved to have an illegal net.
The black outline of a boat
just shows itself, hauled up on the berg.