Two Years Before The Mast A Personal Narrative Of Life At Sea By Richard Henry Dana, Jr.





























































































































 -  - The dim lamp in the forecastle
swings to and fro, and things fetch away and go over to
leeward. - Doesn't - Page 520
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- The Dim Lamp In The Forecastle Swings To And Fro, And Things "Fetch Away" And Go Over To Leeward.

- "Doesn't that booby of a second mate ever mean to take in his top-gallant sails?

- He'll have the sticks out of her soon," says old Bill, who was always growling, and, like most old sailors, did not like to see a ship abused. - By-and-by an order is given - "Aye, aye, sir!" from the forecastle; - rigging is heaved down on deck; - the noise of a sail is heard fluttering aloft, and the short, quick cry which sailors make when hauling upon clewlines. - "Here comes his fore-top-gallant sail in!" - We are wide awake, and know all that's going on as well as if we were on deck. - A well-known voice is heard from the mast-head singing out the officer of the watch to haul taught the weather brace. - "Hallo! There's S - - - aloft to furl the sail!" - Next thing, rigging is heaved down directly over our heads, and a long-drawn cry and a rattling of hanks announce that the flying-jib has come in. - The second mate holds on to the main top-gallant sail until a heavy sea is shipped, and washes over the forecastle as though the whole ocean had come aboard; when a noise further aft shows that that sail, too, is taking in. After this, the ship is more easy for a time; two bells are struck, and we try to get a little sleep.

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