During all this time the ship lay rolling in the trough of the sea, the heavy surges breaking over her, and the spars heaving and banging to and fro, bruising the half-drowned sailors that clung to the bowsprit
and the stumps of the masts.
Then the bowsprit
got mixed with the rudder sometimes: A thing, as the Bellman remarked, That frequently happens in tropical climes, When a vessel is, so to speak, "snarked."
With your leave, I mean to post myself under the bowsprit
, and, if we get within harpooning distance, I shall throw my harpoon."
The three men at her mast-head wore long streamers of narrow red bunting at their hats; from the stern, a whale-boat was suspended, bottom down; and hanging captive from the bowsprit
was seen the long lower jaw of the last whale they had slain.
He came down out of the tangle of ropes under the stays of the smashed bowsprit
, some small rope caught his heel as he let go, and he hung for a moment head downward, and then fell and struck a block or spar floating in the water.
And where but from Nantucket, too, did that first adventurous little sloop put forth, partly laden with imported cobble-stones --so goes the story --to throw at the whales, in order to discover when they were nigh enough to risk a harpoon from the bowsprit
? Now having a night, a day, and still another night following before me in New Bedford, ere I could embark for my destined port, it became a matter of concernment where I was to eat and sleep meanwhile.
In the morning, Thomas Mugridge being duly bribed, the galley is pleasantly areek with the odour of their frying; while dolphin meat is served fore and aft on such occasions as Johnson catches the blazing beauties from the bowsprit
The HISPANIOLA rolled steadily, dipping her bowsprit
now and then with a whiff of spray.
One could not promenade without risking his neck; at one moment the bowsprit
was taking a deadly aim at the sun in midheaven, and at the next it was trying to harpoon a shark in the bottom of the ocean.
This fiery mass grew larger to their eyes, and fell, with the noise of thunder, upon the bowsprit
, which it smashed close to the stem, and buried itself in the waves with a deafening roar!
Martingale, bob-stays and all parted, as well as all starboard stays to the bowsprit
, so that the bowsprit
swung out to port at right angles and uplifted to the drag of the remaining topmast stays.
I saw Big Alec dive overboard and his mate leap for our bowsprit
. Then came the crash as we struck the boat, and a series of grinding bumps as it passed under our bottom.