I suppose you thought the coxswains do that in their racing-boats?
Well, boys, suppose we appoint a couple of coxswains and have a race.
The engineers hit 'er up and the coxswains steered as straight as they could.
He found himself swaying his body in rhythm with the oars as coxswains do; or standing up to look at the white houses shorewards.
But the latter was on his guard; and unless he was himself on deck, never trusted the helm in the coxswains hands.
The coxswains, therefore, had to try again and again before they got the proper position to veer down from.
Looking forwards as the boat emerged, the coxswains, standing aft on their raised platform, could only see boiling foam.
In addition to these the two coxswains, by virtue of their office, raise the total number to twelve.
As the coxswains in both of these places are men of exceptional shrewdness and ability, mistakes are few and far between.
At the helm, therefore, stood the two coxswains, while round the foremast and close to the fore air-box grouped the lifeboatmen.