They then returned to the boat, let on all the steam, and began to wind up the cable on the capstan.
The gripes were now loosened, and the fall of one of the tackles was led to the capstan.
He did not speak to any of us, but clambered aft, towards the capstan, to which the Captain had lashed himself.
He got round an old man's heart like a rope round a capstan.
Of course, place the men as near to the end of the capstan bar as convenient for work.
And none of them attempted to cut your lasso from their capstan?
I ran to the capstan to heave with them, so that I, too, might sing.
Then Captain Mayo heard the steady clanking of capstan pawls.
“I hope not,” returned Billy, in a cheery voice, resuming his work of passing the warp down below as it came off the capstan.
Suddenly the capstan went round an inch; then another and another.