In the moment of profound silence which follows upon the hands going to their stations I heard on the poop his raised voice: "Hard alee!" and the distant shout of the order repeated on the main-deck.
My first order "Hard alee!" re-echoed ominously under the tower- ing shadow of Koh-ring as if I had shouted in a moun- tain gorge.
"Go for'ard and hard alee
without any noise," he said to me in a low voice.
`Up with the jib, reef the tops'l halliards, helm hard alee
, and man the guns!' roared the captain, as a Portuguese pirate hove in sight, with a flag black as ink flying from her foremast.
vanity or I am hard alee
with my Polish rudder in my hand and the sun
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from the battering winds of anything goes.
So the "slog" became "hard alee
" a command a helmsman will shout to his crew when he wants to change the boat's direction in a radical fashion.
A boat without practical use, a useless boat, all negative perfection, signifying the power to solve, to provide balm, and choosing instead to turn away, hard alee
. How lovely, J thought, to race up and down a narrow waterway, over and over and never even be in contention.