We have no meanings for "work the vessel" in our records yet.
A gang of riggers, stevedores, or lightermen work the vessel into the stream.
It appeared best that Pencroft and Herbert, who knew how to work the vessel, should undertake the voyage alone.
He put us in that situation, exactly there, latitude and longitude, do you see, and work the vessel we must.
But we could not work the vessel by reason of the crowds of natives, and what was I to do?
Some few hands are reserved called ship-keepers, whose province it is to work the vessel while the boats are pursuing the whale.
Above the cabin, and supported on upright bamboos, was a grating, on which the crew sat or stood to work the vessel.
Following that, he worked the vessel carefully up the shore, mindful not to scrape the hull on sharp rocks.
The utmost difficulty had been experienced in working the vessel round the south of Van Diemen's Land and up the east coast in tempestuous weather.
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