A handful remained on the poop, cowering and undone with terror.
Then last I looked at Ready; and he leant invertebrate over the rail, gasping pitiably from his exertions in regaining the poop, a dying man once more.
Yet these two pulled long faces and even gave hostile glances to the poop. The cook and the steward might have been more directly concerned.
He had come up to leeward of the poop, still feeling very much of a stranger, and an untried officer, at six in the evening to take his watch.
He was glad when the other occupants of the poop left it at the sound of the bell.
Their leader, Goodwin Hawtayne, stood upon the poop and talked with Sir Nigel, casting his eye up sometimes at the swelling sail, and then glancing back at the two seamen who held the tiller.
The three archers named stood at the further end of the poop, balancing themselves with feet widely spread and bows drawn, until the heads of the cloth-yard arrows were level with the centre of the stave.
They say that for over ten minutes hardly anything was to be seen of the ship--just the three masts and a bit of the forecastle head and of the poop all awash driving along in a smother of foam.
I paced a turn or two on the poop and saw him take up his position face forward with his elbow in the ratlines of the mizzen rigging before I went below.
In the daytime, I dare say, you might make it out with a glass from your poop. I scrambled up on it and rested myself for a bit.
I did not need my sight to pace the poop of my ill-starred first com- mand with perfect assurance.
Rush is not the word that could be applied to the utmost speed the poor fellows were up to; but in an amazing short time every man in the ship able to walk upright had found his way on to that poop.