But these charming, though fallacious, ideas were rudely overthrown by the sounding line and the drag-net.
Earth has no sounding line to fathom the depths of a mother's heart.
Wednesday, August 26, the sounding line forewarned the reefs of Sable Island.
Close to the edge, the sounding line gave a depth of 10 fathoms (60 feet).
They were going and coming with the sounding line sometimes finding 10 fathoms, at others 100 fathoms.
The lieutenant wanted two men to keep it out in the current while he used the sounding line and recorded results.
It has no known outlet, and a sounding line of two hundred and eighty feet found no bottom.
We must frequently throw out the sounding line into the shifting sea of possibility in order to find secure anchorage.
Shorten your sails, said the pilot; fetch the sounding line; we must double that point of land, and mind the sands.
And he cast a look at Madame Camusot as a sailor casts a sounding line.