I go aloft, to ease the mast of that topsail, without which we lose the spar, and possibly the ship.
The topsail and jib were spread, and the sloop glided out of the estuary.
He saw Ptarmigan's topsail tilt downwards and dark figures run about her deck.
The line to which it was fastened chanced to be the topsail halliards; and whisk!
However, I set the big jib and topsail, because I wanted to clear the banks before the flood tide made.
“Reef the topsail, Mr Dicey,” cried the captain, on hearing this.
"We got to go right in, Bill," said topsail, as he furled the rodney's sails.
But to bend a topsail, single-handed, was a much more difficult job.
He went aloft, and helped the men who were at work on the topsail.
Stand by, there, some of you, to jump aloft and loose the topsail when I give the word.