Her commander ordered the brig's maintopsail to be hove to the mast.
The foresail was still standing, also half of the maintopsail.
Notwithstanding, we had shot two hundred yards to leeward before we could lay our maintopsail to the mast.
The musket was fired, and the brig came to the wind with her maintopsail to the mast.
Then he walked forward to the break of the poop, and blinked very hard at nothing in particular in the belly of the maintopsail.
Towards Noon it moderated, so that we could bear our maintopsail close Reefd.
As soon as effected, the maintopsail was again filled, and away the ship glided.
When half a mile from the islets, the main-yard was braced aback, and the maintopsail was laid to the mast.
In the P.M. unbent the maintopsail to repair, and brought another to the Yard and set it close reefed.
We stood well in to meet her, and wearing off shore with the maintopsail aback, took her alongside.