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However, the Roads being reckoned as good as a harbour, the anchorage good, and our ground- tackle very strong, our men were unconcerned, and not in the least apprehensive of danger, but spent the time in rest and mirth, after the manner of the sea; but the eighth day, in the morning, the wind increased, and we had all hands at work to strike our topmasts, and make everything snug and close, that the ship might ride as easy as possible.
Chimney, white with crusted salt; topmasts struck; storm-sails set; rigging all knotted, tangled, wet, and drooping: a gloomier picture it would be hard to look upon.
True, the wind itself tore our canvas out of the gaskets, jerked out our topmasts, and made a raffle of our running gear, but still we would have come through nicely had we not been square in front of the advancing storm center.
All the instances I had heard of topmasts being whipped out of a ship while there was not wind enough on her deck to blow out a match rushed into my memory.
The Indeavour, having a light displacement, would have had difficulty carrying a topsail, so I have not added a topmast.
A gentleman who arrived in town last evening, informs us he was on Monhegan-island April 18th, and saw from hence that day, a British armed [schooner] of 8 guns, lying close under the island, with her sails down, and main topmast launched.
Tell him of incarceration, slavery, and honest, faithful servitude, of raising a tempest, setting aflame the topmast of a ship, and leaving everyone unharmed, as you were tasked.
The dark blue sky was studded with the tropical stars; there was no sound but the rippling of the water under the stem; and the sails were spread out, wide and high;--the two lower studding-sails stretching, on each side, far beyond the deck: the topmast studding-sails, like wings to the topsails; the top-gallant studding-sails spreading fearlessly out above them; still higher, the two royal studding-sails, looking like two kites flying from the same string; and, highest of all, the little sky-sail, the apex of the pyramid, seeming actually to touch the stars, and to be out of reach of human hand.
So disdainful of these was Hawke that he ordered his ships to set their top gallant sails for more speed and a red flag hoisted at the topmast as signal: 'Use utmost endeavour .