It was fortunate that we got the staysail hoisted for us, or we could have made nothing of it.
She was well rigged, too, having a staysail and gafftopsail.
They set that, cast two jibs and the staysail loose, and let them lie.
Hoist away the jib and staysail; fore-sheets over to starboard.
The staysail just bellied out with the gale, and blew to rags; the ship fell off for a moment, and then flew up to the wind again.
Man the jib and staysail downhauls, let go the halliards, haul down.
The rain made it very thick, and I went and stood under the lee of the staysail, looking out.
"Stand by to hoist the staysail," said he, as he came forward.
A little over a week out, a gale struck us, and carried away the jib and staysail.
And along here the staysail came off the Withrow and eased her a lot.