We were approaching the U-boat at half speed now, and I could almost distinguish the features of the men upon her deck
. A sailor stepped to my side and slipped something hard and cold into my hand.
"You recollect, down to the south'ard last year, a chap named Hawkins was lost in his whaleboat running the Arli Passage?" Haggin, returning along the deck
Casting off his deck
lashings, he seized the landing leather and slipped over the ship's side.
Astor, in respect to the admission of Indians on board of the ship, had been neglected for some time past, and the officer of the watch, perceiving those in the canoe to be without weapons, and having received no orders to the contrary, readily permitted them to mount the deck
. Another canoe soon succeeded, the crew of which was likewise admitted.
As I ran I saw Matai Shang clambering up the swaying, swinging ladder toward the deck
, while above him leaned the evil face of the First Born.
Sometimes she would lift and send across some great wave, burying her starboard-rail from view, and covering her deck
to the hatches with the boiling ocean.
With one mighty downward surge I swept him clear of the deck
. His falling body came near to tearing me from the frail hold that my single free hand had upon the anchor chain and plunging me with him to the waters of the sea below.
Such abrupt arrest in mid-flight by the heavier dog brought the fox-terrier down on deck
with, a heavy thump.
Cowed and disheartened by the loss of their leader, the Normans had given back and were now streaming over the bulwarks on to their own galley, dropping a dozen at a time on to her deck
, But the anchor still held them in its crooked claw, and Sir Oliver with fifty men was hard upon their heels.
It occurred to me there was no time to lose, and dodging the boom as it once more lurched across the deck
, I slipped aft and down the companion stairs into the cabin.
I had to serve at the meals, which the captain took at regular hours, sitting down with the officer who was off duty; all the day through I would be running with a dram to one or other of my three masters; and at night I slept on a blanket thrown on the deck
boards at the aftermost end of the round-house, and right in the draught of the two doors.
Then he stepped back into his pantry, and I rushed up on deck
again to see whether there was any wind, any breath under the sky, any stir of the air, any sign of hope.