After the piers were ran out they hooked on at the steps p. 60calling aloud, “Woodside, ahoy!”
I shall go down to the pier, and call out to my men, ‘ahoy!’
Captain Bricker, in charge of the squad, strode to the Snark and called loudly: “ahoy, there!”
Eben Megg had only just disappeared when the faint, monotonous cry of “ahoy!”
He told Bill to hail, which was done with a truly sailor-like “ahoy!”
The immediate answer to this remark was an “ahoy, there, on board the Viking!”
This cap was tilted back, and as we ran alongside, a man stuck his head up over the rim and sang out, "ahoy there!"
I threw up a light at once and heard the hail, "Spray, ahoy!"
Then the shrill whistles were heard along the line, calling "All hands" to "clear ship for action, ahoy!"
She went to work to raise the wheel unaided, shouting "ahoy!"
1751, from a + hoy, a nautical call used in hauling. The original form of the greeting seems to have been ho, the ship ahoy!