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  • As the second anchor rose to the pull of the creaking windlass, we sheeted home the topsails, topgallantsails and royals and hoisted them up, braced head-yards aback and after-yards full for the port tack, hoisted the jib and put over the helm.

    The Mutineers

  • But the wind draws up the curtain of cloud by strands of rainy cordage, and men aloft are loosing the reefed topsail, bracing the after-yards and setting them for a run in on the larboard tack.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 12, No. 28, July, 1873

  • "Lay the after-yards square!" he said, in a voice which was heard by every man on deck, though his words were apparently spoken but little above his breath.

    Great Sea Stories

  • For, while they are watching her, she draws opposite the opening in the reef; then lets sheets loose; and, squaring her after-yards, is instantly hove to.

    The Flag of Distress A Story of the South Sea

  • It was well that he did; for in a few minutes it fell dead calm, the vessel lost her steerage-way, the rain ceased, we hauled up the trysail and courses, squared the after-yards, and waited for the change, which came in a few minutes, with a vengeance, from the northwest, the opposite point of the compass.

    Two Years Before the Mast

  • All hands were required for this purpose -- the fore-yards had to be braced round, the after-yards squared away.

    The Missing Ship The Log of the "Ouzel" Galley

  • Then the helm was put a-port, the after-yards braced up, and again we were after them.

    The Story of Nelson also "The Grateful Indian", "The Boatswain's Son"

  • "Square away the fore-yards!" shouted the captain (the after-yards had already been squared).

    Sunshine Bill

  • Then the helm was put a-port, the after-yards braced up, and again we were after them.

    The Grateful Indian And other Stories

  • Captain Robbins took command, of course, and was in time to haul the after-yards, the ship coming round slowly in so light a wind.

    Afloat and Ashore A Sea Tale


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