Had there been a steady breeze it would not have been so bad, but the Ghost was rolling emptily in a long sea, and with each roll the canvas flapped and boomed and the halyards slacked and jerked taut.
In the meantime Harrison had started out on the halyards.
Better throw the halyards
down on deck and make the watch stand by.
In the meantime throw your halyards
down on deck and look to your wheel.
Suspended from his ears were two golden hoops, so large that the sailors called them ring-bolts, and would talk of securing the top-sail halyards
My salmon boat was a-soak, but in the snug cabin of the sloop dry blankets and a dry bunk were mine; and we lay and smoked and yarned of old days, while overhead the wind screamed through the rigging and taut halyards
drummed against the mast.
A knife drawn across the fore halyards
would bring the foresail down, and put an end to our liberty in twenty minutes.
The Japanese coiled the halyards
and went below for their own dinner.
All hands obeyed, and at once the eight or ten seamen who composed the crew, sprang to their respective stations at the spanker brails and outhaul, topsail sheets and halyards
, the jib downhaul, and the topsail clewlines and buntlines.
The ends of all the running ropes, with the exception of the signal halyards
and poop-down-haul, were rove through snatch-blocks,and led to the capstan or windlass, so that not a yard was braced or a sad set without the assistance of machinery.
I'll be blessed if he didn't make those poor niggers heave at every rope on the pin-rails before he found the halyards
Pausing long enough to let go the jib halyards
, and just as the Reindeer cleared and began to drift astern, I leaped aboard the junk with a line and made fast.