This did not matter, because he knew they must secure the sail before the tornado broke, and he pulled at the downhaul.
To hoist it, let go the downhaul and royal stay, and haul on the halyards.
Make for the nearest port with all speed, and keep a man at the downhaul ready at a moment's notice to lower sail.
Haul aboard by the downhaul, hoisting clear by the halyards.
Joe found the jib-halyard and cast it off the pin, and, as the canvas fluttered down, came in hand over hand on the downhaul.
Small sized vessels have no downhaul to the topgallant studdingsails.
Haul out on the downhaul, hoisting and lowering on the halyards.
Reeve the downhaul up through the hanks and make it fast to the head of the sail.
Let go the halyards and haul on the downhaul, and the yard will be brought close down to the royal yard.
Sometimes it is well to make up the downhaul as is done with the downhaul of the topmast studdingsail.