The barometer was falling rapidly, in spite of the stiller air, and he had had the royals and outer jib and gaff-topsail stowed.
She carries a fore-and-aft main-sail, gaff-topsail, stay-foresail, and jib.
In the meantime the crew had come aft to take in the mainsail and gaff-topsail.
And raising me in his arms he laid me on the folds of the gaff-topsail, which lay upon the deck near the tiller.
I got hold of the gaff-topsail yard and run it under his arms, and threw a rope over him, and sung out 'Hold on, Greenleaf!
Five minutes sufficed for this job, and we then reset our topgallant-sail and flying-jib, and shifted our gaff-topsail.
I wanted to take in the gaff-topsail also, but Bob would not hear of such a thing.
Within a minute the mainsail and gaff-topsail were hauled down, so that the ship might fall off, and the jib hauled down.
Nearly cried over them—he did; and he had a square mainsail coat, and a gaff-topsail hat too—all proper.
When we drew further from the shore, the wind increased, and the gaff-topsail was unbent, and a reef taken in the mainsail.