The best he could do was to get Elijah's head and shoulders on top the gunwale
. When he released his hold, to heave from farther down the body, Elijah promptly gave at the middle and came down on the ice.
Should a surge throw the canoe upon its side and endanger its overturn, those to windward lean over the upper gunwale
, thrust their paddles deep into the wave, apparently catch the water and force it under the canoe, and by this action not merely regain III an equilibrium, but give their bark a vigorous impulse forward.
Lower and lower sank her gunwale
as we dropped aboard her, with no more care than the Gadarene swine whose fate we courted.
One hand upstretched grasped the gunwale
. Rokoff sat frozen with fear, unable to move a hand or foot, his eyes riveted upon the face of his Nemesis.
Outside of the bulwarks their eager crews with one hand clung to the rail, while one foot was expectantly poised on the gunwale
. So look the long line of man-of-war's men about to throw themselves on board an enemy's ship.
I crawled along the boat to them, intending to help Helmar by grasping the sailor's leg; but the sailor stumbled with the swaying of the boat, and the two fell upon the gunwale
and rolled overboard together.
cried a second to another, which, close to our gunwale
, seemed calmly cooling himself with his own fan-like extremity.
A stout puff filled it and suddenly pressed the lee gunwale
down till a couple of buckets of water came inboard.
In a minute more we stood on the quay, within a step of the gunwale
of the boat.
Huck was sitting on the gunwale
of a flatboat, list- lessly dangling his feet in the water and looking very melancholy.
Now Matai Shang was close to the gunwale
. A long, claw-like hand was reaching up to grasp the metal rail.
The old man contorted himself aboard, rolling his body across the gunwale
so quickly, that, even while it started to capsize, his weight was across the danger-point and counterbalancing the canoe to its proper equilibrium.