“The main-topgallant clewline,” I answered, casting my eye aloft to note the “lead” of the rope.
The captain was on the poop, holding on to the main-topgallant backstay, and shrieking orders like one possessed.
The foremast is sprung, the main-topgallant mast is gone, and the mizzen has been snapped off close by the deck.
"We had better get up the main-topgallant sail, Brown, and run up to her," Bob said.
Away flew the main-topgallant studden sail; the topmast studden sail followed.
At the same time the main-topgallant mast with its sail and yard was carried away.