a broad white shadow rose from the sea; by its quick, fanning motion, temporarily taking the breath out of the bodies of the oarsmen.
But as he did so, the oarsmen expectantly desisted from rowing; the boat drifted a little towards the ship's stern; so that, as if by magic, the letter suddenly ranged along with Gabriel's eager hand.
But this was against all rule; for the oarsmen
must put out their eyes, and ram a skewer through their necks; usage pronouncing that they must have no organs but ears, and no limbs but arms, in these critical moments.
I felt mortified to be of so little use in the boat; but, there were few better oarsmen than my two friends, and they rowed with a steady stroke that was to last all day.
Our oarsmen were so fresh, by dint of having occasionally let her drive with the tide for a minute or two, that a quarter of an hour's rest proved full as much as they wanted.
The boat went towards the south; the oarsmen
did not hurry.
The two oarsmen
bent to their work, and the little boat glided away as rapidly as possible in the midst of the thousand vessels which choke up the narrow way which leads between the two rows of ships from the mouth of the harbor to the Quai d'Orleans.
You will thus see how much my ships excel all others, and what magnificent oarsmen
my sailors are.
Lance Corporal Jordan Beecher, 28, and Captain Jon Armstrong, 31, made the 3,000-mile trip in 37 days and eight hours - almost three days faster than the previous best by any pair of oarsmen
The group of amateurs - who have dubbed themselves The Four Oarsmen
- completed the 3,000-mile crossing between La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean in 29 days and 15 hours.
Best mates Dicky Taylor, 32, George Biggar, 32, Peter Robinson, 32, and Stuart Watts, 34, who are known as The Four Oarsmen
, completed their epic journey on the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge in the early hours.
The Four Oarsmen
(left-right) George Biggar, 32, Dicky Taylor, 32, Stuart Watts, 34 and Peter Robinson, 32, celebrate as they have set a new race record for rowing the Atlantic during the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge