They then returned to the boat, let on all the steam, and began to wind up the cable on the capstan.
Then Captain Mayo heard the steady clanking of capstan pawls.
He did not speak to any of us, but clambered aft, towards the capstan, to which the Captain had lashed himself.
Suddenly the capstan went round an inch; then another and another.
Of course, place the men as near to the end of the capstan bar as convenient for work.
The hatchway was closed, and the order to man the capstan was given a third time.
I ran to the capstan to heave with them, so that I, too, might sing.
Working at the windlass or capstan with more than usual exertion.
“I hope not,” returned Billy, in a cheery voice, resuming his work of passing the warp down below as it came off the capstan.
The keeping the hove-in part of a cable or hawser clear of the capstan.