When they caught a boat like this at sea, they would steal everything on it; and after they had taken the people off they would sink the ship and sail back to Barbary singing songs and feeling proud of the mischief they had done.
Presently Dab-Dab saw the sail of another ship a long way behind them on the edge of the sea.
One of the local fishermen conveyed it to us; it was to the effect that Demetrios Contos would sail
up from Vallejo on the following Sunday, and in the plain sight of Benicia set his net and catch salmon, and that Charley Le Grant, patrolman, might come and get him if he could.
Nichols commenced stolidly to furl his sails
Some of the sails
were again hoisted, and the speed of the boat was very good.
At last it was given out that some time next day the ship would certainly sail
Each time she fell off, her sails
partly filled, and these brought her in a moment right to the wind again.
I came on deck, after a good night's rest in spite of my poor knee, to find the Ghost foaming along, wing-and- wing, and every sail
drawing except the jibs, with a fresh breeze astern.
Before long the searchlight discovered some distance away a schooner with all sails
set, apparently the same vessel which had been noticed earlier in the evening.
Astor immediately proceeded to fit out a ship called the Enterprise, to sail
in company with the Adams, freighted with additional supplies and reinforcements for Astoria.
32-54) When he had said this, he had mast and sail
hoisted on the ship, and the wind filled the sail
and the crew hauled taut the sheets on either side.
If we let them come close enough to discover their identity, and can then sail
faster than they can paddle, we can get away from them anyway, so we might as well wait.