Usage examples for fathoms

  1. We had cast anchor in ten fathoms at three miles from the coast. – An Antarctic Mystery by Jules Verne
  2. The weather was, therefore, all in the frigate's favour, and very soon, to our extreme annoyance, we discovered that the Frenchman was slowly but surely gaining upon us; for when the frigate had been in chase about half an hour, she fired another gun, the shot from which reached within twenty fathoms of us, and it was capitally aimed, too. – The Log of a Privateersman by Harry Collingwood
  3. At high water the depth is about three fathoms varying of course in patches, over this southern part or tail of the sea- monster. – Heroes of the Goodwin Sands by Thomas Stanley Treanor