The sailors at the fore and mizzen
had come down; the line tubs were fixed in their places; the cranes were thrust out; the mainyard was backed, and the three boats swung over the sea like three samphire baskets over high cliffs.
P-, in charge of the deck, hooked on to the windward mizzen
rigging in a state of perfect serenity; myself, the third mate, also hooked on somewhere to windward of the slanting poop, in a state of the utmost preparedness to jump at the very first hint of some sort of order, but otherwise in a perfectly acquiescent state of mind.
Fastened by chains to the mainmast were a number of grisly staghounds, who now began leaping and barking at me, and by the mizzen
a huge puma was cramped in a little iron cage far too small even to give it turning room.
And Simon Nishikanta tore himself away from his everlasting painting of all colour-delicacies of sea and sky such as are painted by seminary maidens, to be helped and hoisted up the ratlines of the mizzen
rigging, the huge bulk of him, by two grinning, slim-waisted sailors, until they lashed him squarely on the crosstrees and left him to stare with eyes of golden desire, across the sun-washed sea through the finest pair of unredeemed binoculars that had ever been pledged in his pawnshops.
Some of the passengers climbed to the mizzen
top, and beheld her still struggling to reach the ship; but shortly after she broached broadside to the waves, and her case seemed desperate.
Both trailed to port, where we could not see them; and now the mizzen
stood alone in sad and solitary grandeur, her flapping idle sails lighted up by the spreading conflagration, so that they were stamped very sharply upon the black add starry sky.
Another time he dropped a steel marlinspike from the mizzen
Before he left it with nearly an hour of his watch below sacrificed, he addressed himself once more to our young man who stood abreast of the mizzen
rigging in an unreceptive mood expressed by silence and immobility.
On most days little frocks and pinafores could be seen drying in the mizzen
rigging of his ship, or a tiny row of socks fluttering on the signal halyards; but once a fortnight the family washing was exhibited in force.
Her forestaysail and mizzen
spanker were set as though an effort had been made to hold her head up into the wind, but the sheets had parted, and the sails were tearing to ribbons in the half gale of wind.
At the end of a swift half-mile she rounded to, with head-sails trimming down and with a great flapping of main and mizzen
, and dropped anchor in fifty feet of water so clear that every huge fluted clamshell was visible on the coral floor.
As we had a signal for medical assistance flying on the mizzen
it is a fact that before the ship was fairly at rest three steam launches from various men-of-war were alongside; and at least five naval surgeons had clambered on board.