Queequeg and I were mildly employed weaving what is called a sword-mat, for an additional lashing to our boat.
If they kept on lashing at each other like this, their relationship would be torn to shreds.
Swimming round it we picked up the floating oars, and lashing them across the gunwale, tumbled back to our places.
But ere that close limit was gained, and while yet all three boats were plain as the ship's three masts to his eye; the White Whale churning himself into furious speed, almost in an instant as it were, rushing among the boats with open jaws, and a lashing tail, offered appalling battle on every side; and heedless of the irons darted at him from every boat, seemed only intent on annihilating each separate plank of which those boats were made.
Then she joined the fun, leaping and lashing her feet into the air as she twisted her belly toward the sun.
They defend themselves not only with their powerful jaws and sharp claws, but also with lashing strokes of the long tail.
Holding by a shroud, Starbuck was standing on the quarter-deck; at every flash of the lightning glancing aloft, to see what additional disaster might have befallen the intricate hamper there; while Stubb and Flask were directing the men in the higher hoisting and firmer lashing of the boats.
Seems to me we are lashing down these anchors now as if they were never going to be used again.
But soon resuming his horizontal attitude, Moby Dick swam swiftly round and round the wrecked crew; sideways churning the water in his vengeful wake, as if lashing himself up to still another and more deadly assault.
So, cutting the lashing of the waterproof match keg, after many failures Starbuck contrived to ignite the lamp in the lantern; then stretching it on a waif pole, handed it to Queequeg as the standard-bearer of this forlorn hope.