The moment Coxon saw me he told me to go forward and set all hands to close-reef the fore-topsail.
The fore-topsail had been mended as well as the foresail, and was set anew.
Thus when the fore-topsail was to be reefed, Harry eagerly sought, and was the first man out on, the yard-arm.
The foresail and fore-topsail we managed to save, but all our light canvass went.
A gale of wind occurred on the coast, and the crew were ordered aloft to reef the fore-topsail.
We next tried the fore-topsail, close-reefed, and this stood.
It was the fore-topsail which had been blown from the bolt-ropes.
They loosed the fore-topsail and they set the foretopmast staysail.
"She has gone down the river; and the last I saw of her, she was shaking out her fore-topsail," I replied.
Closely reef the fore-topsail,” he added; “man the fore-topsail braces.