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The horns of the cross-trees were sawed off on the other side, so that this old top-mast looked not a little like a gallows.
A top-mast was hoisted, and another jib, held out to the wind, added its force to the other sails.
We would not get down our topmast, but let all stand, because she scudded before the sea very well, and we knew that the top-mast being aloft, the ship was the wholesomer, and made better way through the sea, seeing we had sea-room.