Moby-Dick: Bulwarks


  1. the sides of a ship above the upper deck

The word bulwarks appears in the following sentences from Moby-Dick:

Chapter 1 > Paragraph 3 > Sentence 4:

Some leaning against the spiles; some seated upon the pier-heads; some looking over the bulwarks of ships from China; some high aloft in the rigging, as if striving to get a still better seaward peep.

Chapter 3 > Paragraph 1 > Sentence 1:

Entering that gable-ended Spouter-Inn, you found yourself in a wide, low, straggling entry with old-fashioned wainscots, reminding one of the bulwarks of some condemned old craft.

Chapter 9 > Paragraph 11 > Sentence 10:

But at that moment he is sprung upon by a panther billow leaping over the bulwarks.

Chapter 13 > Paragraph 13 > Sentence 6:

In the midst of this consternation, Queequeg dropped deftly to his knees, and crawling under the path of the boom, whipped hold of a rope, secured one end to the bulwarks, and then flinging the other like a lasso, caught it round the boom as it swept over his head, and at the next jerk, the spar was that way trapped, and all was safe.

Chapter 13 > Paragraph 14 > Sentence 3:

He only asked for water—fresh water—something to wipe the brine off; that done, he put on dry clothes, lighted his pipe, and leaning against the bulwarks, and mildly eyeing those around him, seemed to be saying to himself—"It's a mutual, joint-stock world, in all meridians.

Chapter 16 > Paragraph 4 > Sentence 12:

All round, her unpanelled, open bulwarks were garnished like one continuous jaw, with the long sharp teeth of the sperm whale, inserted there for pins, to fasten her old hempen thews and tendons to.

Chapter 18 > Paragraph 2 > Sentence 1:

"What do you mean by that, Captain Peleg?" said I, now jumping on the bulwarks, and leaving my comrade standing on the wharf.

Chapter 18 > Paragraph 6 > Sentence 1:

"First Congregational Church," cried Bildad, "what! that worships in Deacon Deuteronomy Coleman's meeting-house?" and so saying, taking out his spectacles, he rubbed them with his great yellow bandana handkerchief, and putting them on very carefully, came out of the wigwam, and leaning stiffly over the bulwarks, took a good long look at Queequeg.

Chapter 18 > Paragraph 14 > Sentence 1:

Without saying a word, Queequeg, in his wild sort of way, jumped upon the bulwarks, from thence into the bows of one of the whale-boats hanging to the side; and then bracing his left knee, and poising his harpoon, cried out in some such way as this:—

Chapter 22 > Paragraph 12 > Sentence 3:

The long rows of teeth on the bulwarks glistened in the moonlight; and like the white ivory tusks of some huge elephant, vast curving icicles depended from the bows.

Chapter 30 > Paragraph 1 > Sentence 1:

When Stubb had departed, Ahab stood for a while leaning over the bulwarks; and then, as had been usual with him of late, calling a sailor of the watch, he sent him below for his ivory stool, and also his pipe.

Chapter 36 > Paragraph 6 > Sentence 2:

Suddenly he came to a halt by the bulwarks, and inserting his bone leg into the auger-hole there, and with one hand grasping a shroud, he ordered Starbuck to send everybody aft.

Chapter 36 > Paragraph 9 > Sentence 1:

When the entire ship's company were assembled, and with curious and not wholly unapprehensive faces, were eyeing him, for he looked not unlike the weather horizon when a storm is coming up, Ahab, after rapidly glancing over the bulwarks, and then darting his eyes among the crew, started from his standpoint; and as though not a soul were nigh him resumed his heavy turns upon the deck.

Chapter 47 > Paragraph 14 > Sentence 6:

Outside of the bulwarks their eager crews with one hand clung to the rail, while one foot was expectantly poised on the gunwale.

Chapter 51 > Paragraph 7 > Sentence 1:

But, at last, when turning to the eastward, the Cape winds began howling around us, and we rose and fell upon the long, troubled seas that are there; when the ivory-tusked Pequod sharply bowed to the blast, and gored the dark waves in her madness, till, like showers of silver chips, the foamflakes flew over her bulwarks; then all this desolate vacuity of life went away, but gave place to sights more dismal than before.

Chapter 51 > Paragraph 10 > Sentence 5:

Meantime, the crew driven from the forward part of the ship by the perilous seas that burstingly broke over its bows, stood in a line along the bulwarks in the waist; and the better to guard against the leaping waves, each man had slipped himself into a sort of bowline secured to the rail, in which he swung as in a loosened belt.

Chapter 52 > Paragraph 3 > Sentence 3:

But as the strange captain, leaning over the pallid bulwarks, was in the act of putting his trumpet to his mouth, it somehow fell from his hand into the sea; and the wind now rising amain, he in vain strove to make himself heard without it.

Chapter 54 > Paragraph 66 > Sentence 1:

"During the night, Radney had an unseaman-like way of sitting on the bulwarks of the quarterdeck, and leaning his arm upon the gunwale of the boat which was hoisted up there, a little above the ship's side.

Chapter 64 > Paragraph 2 > Sentence 1:

Darkness came on; but three lights up and down in the Pequod's main-rigging dimly guided our way; till drawing nearer we saw Ahab dropping one of several more lanterns over the bulwarks.

Chapter 64 > Paragraph 11 > Sentence 1:

Sullenly taking the offered lantern, old Fleece limped across the deck to the bulwarks; and then, with one hand drooping his light low over the sea, so as to get a good view of his congregation, with the other hand he solemnly flourished his tongs, and leaning far over the side in a mumbling voice began addressing the sharks, while Stubb, softly crawling behind, overheard all that was said.

Chapter 71 > Paragraph 9 > Sentence 1:

"I fear not thy epidemic, man," said Ahab from the bulwarks, to Captain Mayhew, who stood in the boat's stern; "come on board."

Chapter 73 > Paragraph 11 > Sentence 2:

I never look at him at all; but if ever I get a chance of a dark night, and he standing hard by the bulwarks, and no one by; look down there, Flask"—pointing into the sea with a peculiar motion of both hands—"Aye, will I!

Chapter 78 > Paragraph 7 > Sentence 2:

But hardly had the blinding vapor cleared away, when a naked figure with a boardingsword in his hand, was for one swift moment seen hovering over the bulwarks.

Chapter 81 > Paragraph 42 > Sentence 7:

Many of the ivory inlayings of her bulwarks and cabins were started from their places, by the unnatural dislocation.

Chapter 91 > Paragraph 13 > Sentence 1:

"Yes," rejoined a Guernsey-man from the bulwarks, who turned out to be the chief-mate.

Chapter 95 > Paragraph 3 > Sentence 1:

That office consists in mincing the horse-pieces of blubber for the pots; an operation which is conducted at a curious wooden horse, planted endwise against the bulwarks, and with a capacious tub beneath it, into which the minced pieces drop, fast as the sheets from a rapt orator's desk.

Chapter 98 > Paragraph 1 > Sentence 2:

One day the planks stream with freshets of blood and oil; on the sacred quarter-deck enormous masses of the whale's head are profanely piled; great rusty casks lie about, as in a brewery yard; the smoke from the try-works has besooted all the bulwarks; the mariners go about suffused with unctuousness; the entire ship seems great leviathan himself; while on all hands the din is deafening.

Chapter 98 > Paragraph 2 > Sentence 5:

Hands go diligently along the bulwarks, and with buckets of water and rags restore them to their full tidiness.

Chapter 99 > Paragraph 8 > Sentence 1:

"No fairy fingers can have pressed the gold, but devil's claws have left their mouldings there since yesterday," murmured Starbuck to himself, leaning against the bulwarks.

Chapter 100 > Paragraph 5 > Sentence 4:

Now, it is no very easy matter for anybody—except those who are almost hourly used to it, like whalemen—to clamber up a ship's side from a boat on the open sea; for the great swells now lift the boat high up towards the bulwarks, and then instantaneously drop it half way down to the kelson.

Chapter 100 > Paragraph 7 > Sentence 3:

Soon he was carefully swung inside the high bulwarks, and gently landed upon the capstan head.

Chapter 100 > Paragraph 38 > Sentence 1:

"Avast!" roared Ahab, dashing him against the bulwarks—"Man the boat!

Chapter 100 > Paragraph 40 > Sentence 1:

But Fedallah, putting a finger on his lip, slid over the bulwarks to take the boat's steering oar, and Ahab, swinging the cutting-tackle towards him commanded the ship's sailors to stand by to lower.

Chapter 119 > Paragraph 18 > Sentence 1:

"Old Thunder!" said Ahab, groping his way along the bulwarks to his pivot-hole; but suddenly finding his path made plain to him by elbowed lances of fire.

Chapter 125 > Paragraph 1 > Sentence 4:

The wooden reel and angular log attached hung, long untouched, just beneath the railing of the after bulwarks.

Chapter 134 > Paragraph 32 > Sentence 1:

"Let me first help thee towards the bulwarks, sir."

Concordance for the word bulwarks from Moby-Dick.

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