Thus it lost headway sufficiently so that the seas caused it to drift back, without its coming about or losing all steerageway.
He held her nose up to the open sea, allowing her only steerageway, the gale slithering off her flattened sail.
As the other approached, Harry shut off the power of the engines, checking them to little more than steerageway.
I rigged up a sail out of the oar and the canvas spray shield, but there wa'n't wind enough to give us steerageway.
There was not more than a capful of wind; but once let the canvas fill, and the schooner would get steerageway.
She had no steerageway on her; and you might as well keep out of the storm.