in no time launched it and were aboard

sb70012

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Azerbaijani/Persian
At last the dawn came and as the beasts crowding through the entrance passed out Polyphemus felt them over to be sure no one carried a man on his back. Polyphemus felt them over to be sure no one carried a man on his back. He never thought to feel underneath, but that was where the men were, each tucked under the middle ram, holding on to the great fleece. Once out of that fearful place they dropped to the ground and, hurrying to the ship, in no time launched it and were aboard. But Ulysses was too angry to leave in prudent silence.
Source: Greek Mythology http://www.goddess-athena.org/Encyclopedia/Athena/Odyssey.htm 32nd Paragraph

Hello,
I know the meanings of each word but I can't understand it as a whole.
Would you please be kind enough to clarify it to me?

Thank you
 
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