The stars were dim, and thick the night, The steersman
's face by his lamp gleamed white; From the sails the dew did drip-- Till clombe above the eastern bar The horned Moon, with one bright star Within the nether tip.
But how can the steersman
follow the route in the middle of the waters?"
Nothing moved on the river but the eight paddles that rose flashing regularly, dipped together with a single splash; while the steersman
swept right and left with a periodic and sudden flourish of his blade describing a glinting semicircle above his head.
Crooks was seated in the second canoe of the squadron, and had an old experienced Canadian for steersman
, named Antoine Clappine, one of the most valuable of the voyageurs.
But what startled Sheldon was the sight of a woman in the stern-sheets, between the stroke-oar and the steersman
. A woman she was, for a braid of her hair was flying, and she was just in the act of recapturing it and stowing it away beneath a hat that for all the world was like his own "Baden-Powell."
With that he gave an order to the steersman
, and sent Riach to the foretop.
And when after gaining his own deck, and his own pivot-hole there, he so vehemently wheeled round with an urgent command to the steersman
(it was, as ever, something about his not steering inflexibly enough); then, the already shaken ivory received such an additional twist and wrench, that though it still remained entire, and to all appearances lusty, yet Ahab did not deem it entirely trustworthy.
It is needless to say that the dead steersman
has been reverently removed from the place where he held his honourable watch and ward till death, a steadfastness as noble as that of the young Casabianca, and placed in the mortuary to await inquest.
So, almost every twenty-four hours, when the watches of the night were set, and the band on deck sentinelled the slumbers of the band below; and when if a rope was to be hauled upon the forecastle, the sailors flung it not rudely down, as by day, but with some cautiousness dropt it to its place, for fear of disturbing their slumbering shipmates; when this sort of steady quietude would begin to prevail, habitually, the silent steersman
would watch the cabin-scuttle; and ere long the old man would emerge, griping at the iron banister, to help his crippled way.
The main part of the steering is done at the bow, with a pole; the three-log breadth there furnishes room for only the steersman
, for these little logs are not larger around than an average young lady's waist.
"Larboard your helm," cried the captain to the steersman
. Dantes glanced that way as he lifted the gourd to his mouth; then paused with hand in mid-air.
All the way in, Long John stood by the steersman
and conned the ship.