Some years later, the second mate, the recipient of that almost involuntary mutter, could have told his captain that a man brought up in big ships may yet take a peculiar delight in what we should both then have called a small craft
. Probably the captain of the big ship would not have understood very well.
For the men were determined to get to the lifeboats, and a small craft
would not have had a minute to live in such seas as were running.
radiated in all directions round the Abraham Lincoln as she lay to, and did not leave a spot of the sea unexplored.
It was, in fact, a small craft
from Dunkirk bound for Boulogne.
Such a person found, he proposed to bring him there on the ensuing night, when the tall one was taken off, and Miss Miggs had purposely retired; and then that Dolly should be gagged, muffled in a cloak, and carried in any handy conveyance down to the river's side; where there were abundant means of getting her smuggled snugly off in any small craft
of doubtful character, and no questions asked.
She had slipped unseen through the yard-entrance and passed behind two or three small craft
, so that she had fairly got her speed up before we saw her.
A mass of rock would soon hide them from my view; but so keen was the excitement of the instant that I could not refrain from crawling forward to a point whence I could watch the dashing of the small craft
to pieces on the jagged rocks that loomed before her, al-though I risked discovery from above to accomplish my design.
And all the river down to Staines is dotted with small craft
and boats and tiny coracles - which last are growing out of favour now, and are used only by the poorer folk.
A mist hung over the river, deepening the red glare of the fires that burnt upon the small craft
moored off the different wharfs, and rendering darker and more indistinct the murky buildings on the banks.
The harbour was lively with small craft
, an aeroplane was circling overhead, and out in the Roads several warships were lying anchored.
Some way out from the town a line of pessoners, creyers, and other small craft
were rolling lazily on the gentle swell.
A dilapidated windmill near by lifting its shattered arms from a mound no loftier than a rubbish heap, and a Martello tower squatting at the water's edge half a mile to the south of the Coastguard cottages, are familiar to the skippers of small craft
. These are the official seamarks for the patch of trust- worthy bottom represented on the Admiralty charts by an irregular oval of dots enclosing several fig- ures six, with a tiny anchor engraved among them, and the legend "mud and shells" over all.