I accordingly slung the glass over my shoulder, swung myself off the yard on to the backstay, and so descended to the deck.
In my fall I grappled with the backstay, and brought myself up, and landed on the cross-trees.
I felt at times willing to quit my feeble hold of a backstay or shroud, and seek repose by diving into the briny billows beneath.
It is kept steady by a backstay on each side of the foretopmast-stay.
Cut away a brace or a backstay, now, aboard that Frenchman, and away would go a whole heap of his canvas.
They climbed everywhere, up or down, on a sail or its leach, a single rope or a backstay.
He kept his clutch on the backstay with the dizzy notion that this saved him from clutching some one's throat.
But Ulysses lashed the keel to the mast with the backstay, and on these he sat, borne by the winds across the sea.
A piece of iron used instead of a chain to confine the dead-eye of the backstay to the after-channel.
Just as he spoke, Tommy Rebow was hunting the animal from shroud to backstay, up over the mast-head and down again.