To make matters serious, during all the excitement of boarding the junks the Reindeer had not been bailed, and the water was beginning to slush over the cockpit floor.
But hardly had I begun, when the boom swung overhead, the mainsail filled with a jerk, and the Reindeer heeled over.
And between the gusts, the prisoners, having gotten away with a week's grub, took to crowding first to one side and then to the other till the Reindeer rocked like a cockle-shell.
You'll sink the Reindeer under us all at this rate," he whined.
And if you'll give me your revolver, I'll have the Reindeer bailed out in a jiffy.
The Reindeer was very deep in the water, and her movements had grown quite loggy.
Fifteen minutes passed, the Reindeer sinking deeper and deeper, her mainsail flapping in the calm.
The main-sheet tautened with a brisk rattling of the blocks, the boom uplifted, the sail bellied out, and the Reindeer heeled over--over, and over, till the lee-rail went under, the cabin windows went under, and the bay began to pour in over the cockpit rail.
The wind freshened a bit, and the Reindeer went over farther than ever.
And when the Reindeer was high and proud on the water once more, we dashed away with the breeze on our quarter, and at the last possible moment crossed the mud flats and entered the slough.