As for Fedallah, who was seen pulling the harpooneer oar
, he had thrown aside his black jacket, and displayed his naked chest with the whole part of his body above the gunwale, clearly cut against the alternating depressions of the watery horizon; while at the other end of the boat Ahab, with one arm, like a fencer's, thrown half backward into the air, as if to counterbalance any tendency to trip: Ahab was seen steadily managing his steering oar
as in a thousand boat lowerings ere the White Whale had torn him.
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.
The Count in his box, then, was on a river in an open boat, propelled probably either by oars
or poles, for the banks are near and it is working against stream.
I went on board, bidding my men to do so also and loose the hawsers; so they took their places and smote the grey sea with their oars
They would grapple the oars
, and seizing hold of the gunwhale, capsize the boat, and then we should be entirely at their mercy.
Elizabeth was awakened from the trance created by this scene, and by gazing in that unusual manner at the bot tom of the lake, be the hoarse sounds of Benjamin’s voice, and the dashing of oars
, as the heavier boat of the seine-drawers approached the spot where the canoe lay, dragging after it the folds of the net.
The Canadian waters are vocal with these little French chansons, that have been echoed from mouth to mouth and transmitted from father to son, from the earliest days of the colony; and it has a pleasing effect, in a still golden summer evening, to see a batteau gliding across the bosom of a lake and dipping its oars
to the cadence of these quaint old ditties, or sweeping along in full chorus on a bright sunny morning, down the transparent current of one of the Canada rivers.
said Dan, pointing to a wild tangle of spare oars
and dory-roding, all matted together by the hand of inexperience.
But we shoved off without mischance; the chief mate had the tiller; the third mate the boat-hook; and six or eight oars
were at work, in a fashion, as we plunged among the great smooth sickening mounds and valleys of fathomless ink.
And paternally, tenderly, very much as Porthos might have done, he took Raoul in his arms and placed him in the boat, the oars
of which, at a signal, immediately were dipped in the waves.
Daylight saw the Arangi under way, her sails drooping heavily in the dead air while the boat's crew toiled at the oars
of the whaleboat to tow her out through the narrow entrance.
So near did she come that the rowers on the side next to her pulled in their oars