A rotten carcass of a boat, not rigged,
Nor tackle, sail, nor mast; the very rats
Instinctively had quit it.

– William Shakespeare

The Tempest, Act 1, Scene 2. Prospero tells how when Antonio usurpted his dukedom with the support of Alonso, he and Miranda were placed in the sea in a rickity boat with no sail or mast, one in such bad condition that the rats had abandoned it.