In the latter part of the voyage, we had the misfortune to be becalmed
for three days and nights, off the coast of India.
From the main truck of the average tall ship the horizon describes a circle of many miles, in which you can see another ship right down to her water-line; and these very eyes which follow this writing have counted in their time over a hundred sail becalmed
, as if within a magic ring, not very far from the Azores - ships more or less tall.
Thus, the foreground is all raging commotion; but behind, in admirable artistic contrast, is the glassy level of a sea becalmed
, the drooping unstarched sails of the powerless ship, and the inert mass of a dead whale, a conquered fortress, with the flag of capture lazily hanging from the whale-pole inserted into his spout-hole.
Although the breeze had now utterly ceased, we had made a great deal of way during the night and were now lying becalmed
about half a mile to the south-east of the low eastern coast.
From time to time we landed at various islands, where we sold or exchanged our merchandise, and one day, when the wind dropped suddenly, we found ourselves becalmed
close to a small island like a green meadow, which only rose slightly above the surface of the water.
The next day, giving them a salute of five guns at parting, we set sail, and arrived at the bay of All Saints in the Brazils in about twenty-two days, meeting nothing remarkable in our passage but this: that about three days after we had sailed, being becalmed
, and the current setting strong to the ENE., running, as it were, into a bay or gulf on the land side, we were driven something out of our course, and once or twice our men cried out, "Land to the eastward!" but whether it was the continent or islands we could not tell by any means.
The two ships becalmed
on a torpid sea, I believed to be marine phantoms.
On the 16th of January, the Nautilus seemed becalmed
only a few yards beneath the surface of the waves.
"We found the gig o' the Lady Jermyn the week arter we found you, bein' becalmed
like; there wasn't no lady aboard her, though."
The Apostle is lying becalmed
inside the point, and her boats are out to wing.
Not even the flopping, bellying mainsail overhead, as the Arangi rolled becalmed
, could draw a glance of quizzical regard from him.
They are becalmed
." And then with an exclamation of renewed hope, "We can reach them!