Someone tell him to watch that downstream oar... popped an oar by the island? Really? No wonder they're staying above 9th st. At least the "usual" places below that will still be good to go.
"There is NOTHING--absolute nothing--half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Look here! If you've really nothing else on hand this morning, supposing we drop down the river together, and have a long day of it?" -Wind in the Willows