He steered, as nearly as he could calculate, west-by-south, allowing at a guess for the set of the tide.
According to his story he was obliged to tack and take the direction of west-by-south.
About fifty minutes after sunset, observed a strong ray of light in the west-by-south quarter, supposed to be a zodiacal light.
The wind, I should say, at this time was west-by-south, and we were going nearly nine knots through the water.
At eight this morning the weather cleared up, and the wind decreased to a fine top-gallant gale, and settled at west-by-south.
I pricked that place off on the chart with my dividers, and with my parallel rulers found that west-by-south was the true course.