We reefed the foresail and set him, we hauled aft the foresheet: the helm was hard-a-weather.
“Haul down the tack, Jack, and get a pull of the foresheet,” he sang out.
Moran spun the wheel without reply, and gave an order to Jim to ease off the foresheet.
"Fill the topsail, and haul aft the foresheet," were the quiet orders that proclaimed what he intended to do.
“Fill the topsail, and haul aft the foresheet,” were the quiet orders that proclaimed what he intended to do.
Suddenly there was a lift in the rain, and between them and the land they saw another flare, 'Down with the foresheet!
I noticed that one of these men always placed himself within instant reach of the foresheet.
In the meantime the schooner had let draw her foresheet, and had already left him a quarter of a mile astern.
As a precautionary movement, to keep the mast from being jerked out, the foresheet was secured.