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.
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.
Anon the steersman
at the wheel paused and smiled, as the picture-like head gleamed through the window of the round house, and in a moment was gone again.
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.
In the same moment, I saw the steersman
of the galley lay his hand on his prisoner's shoulder, and saw that both boats were swinging round with the force of the tide, and saw that all hands on board the steamer were running forward quite frantically.
All the way in, Long John stood by the steersman
and conned the ship.
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.
But how can the steersman
follow the route in the middle of the waters?
We went past the steersman
to the taffrail, and saw the water come foaming under the stern and the bubbles go dancing and vanishing in her wake.
Larboard your helm," cried the captain to the steersman
When we got to Sunium, which is the point of Athens, Apollo with his painless shafts killed Phrontis the steersman
of Menelaus' ship (and never man knew better how to handle a vessel in rough weather) so that he died then and there with the helm in his hand, and Menelaus, though very anxious to press forward, had to wait in order to bury his comrade and give him his due funeral rites.
often sings an old traditionary French song, with some regular burden in which they all join, keeping time with their oars; if at any time they flag in spirits or relax in exertion, it is but necessary to strike up a song of the kind to put them all in fresh spirits and activity.