An order well understood to mean, fill the main-topsail, after it has been aback, or the ship hove-to.
“Hold fast then with the main-topsail braces,” cried the captain.
She was hove to, with her mizzen-topsail aback and the main-topsail shivering, waiting for us.
The chase on this hoisted a blue ensign and hove-to with main-topsail to the mast.
The mainsail and fore-topsail were furled, leaving her to jog along under the main-topsail, foresail, and fore-topmast staysail.
“Clear the anchor, and clew up the main-topsail,” shouted the mate.
Captain Magor now ordered the mainsail to be hauled out, and the main-topsail and maintop-gallant-sail to be set.
The main-topsail was taken in, and the ship left under the main topsail only.
Everything was taken in with the exception of a main-topsail and storm trysail.
Now stand by to let run your fore and main-topsail halliards!