Now and then Nick dipped his fingers into the cold water over the gunwale.
The drift of the boat had brought us so close that he could have grasped the gunwale had he been so minded.
Another inch and the stream would be over the gunwale, and those fellows would be pitched into the net and drowned.
"I'm going myself," he said firmly, putting one foot over the gunwale.
I remember the smack heeling over, and me standing on the gunwale pushing against the ship's side as if I hoped to bear her off.
I jumped into the cockpit and leaned over the gunwale beside the rod.
The three men forward grasped the gunwale and were saved, but the officer and the fourth man went down stream.
Josh leaned over the gunwale, and reported that there was no fender out.
She clutched at the gunwale of the boat until she hurt her hands, and strained her eyes for the sight she longed to see.
Wasub held on to the gunwale as to a last hope of a further confidence.