astern when

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  • I was already a considerable way astern when I heard a loud hail. Cited from Dick Cheveley, by W. H. G. Kingston
  • We had just left the Serwatty Islands astern when the wind dropped, and we lay becalmed. Cited from Peter Trawl, by W. H. G. Kingston
  • The patrol car was still three hundred yards astern when one of the bent and re-bent impeller blades let go. Cited from Code Three, by Rick Raphael
  • If the boats are a long distance astern when the whale begins to run, pursuit is useless, and the men return, hoping for better luck another time. Cited from The Bushman, by Edward Wilson Landor
  • The British frigate engaged the line-of-battle ship single-handed for more than an hour, before her consort, which was several miles astern when the action commenced, could get up to assist her. Cited from The Life of Admiral Viscount Exmouth, by Edward Osler
  • Brittlesea was thirty miles astern when he at length awoke and went on deck, and the schooner was scudding along under a stiff breeze. Cited from The Skipper's Wooing, and The Brown Man's Servant, by W. W. Jacobs
  • Peters had been looking astern when the last gun was fired, and said that by its flash he believed that he had caught sight of three craft of some kind or other outside the ships moored off the port. Cited from By Pike and Dyke, Dutch Republic, by Henty
  • The schooner clove the water smoothly and easily as she drove astern when once fairly afloat, and held her way long enough to shoot far beyond her consorts at anchor in the bay. Cited from For Treasure Bound, by Harry Collingwood
  • This movement was at once copied by the other three vessels, but being at least half a mile ahead of the grab that had fired, they were a long distance astern when the chase -- for chase it was to be -- began. Cited from In Clive's Command, by Herbert Strang
  • We had scarcely left it fifty fathoms astern when there arose a sudden violent commotion in the water about it, and a second or two later it disappeared from view, dragged down by the voracious crocodiles with which the river swarmed. Cited from A Middy of the Slave Squadron, by Harry Collingwood
  • They drew less water than us, and was generally handier in the river, which is uncommon full of shoals and sandbanks; but for all that I remember they was still maybe half a mile astern when we dropped anchor -- anchors, I should say -- for the night, some way below Diamond Harbor. Cited from In Clive's Command, by Herbert Strang
  • I yearn, I yearn, reverting turn, My heart it streams in wake astern When, cut by slanting sleet, we swoop Where raves the world's inverted year, If roses all your porch shall loop, Not less your heart for me will droop Doubling the world's last outpost drear. Cited from John Marr and Other Poems, by Herman Melville