"'Come with me along the weather gangway, and I will show you something that perhaps you have never seen before.' They went forward, and some of the hands in the waist nodded and smiled significantly. The Doctor was going to be stunned, amazed, taken aback all standing. 'There,' said Jack, pointing upwards. 'Abaft the topsailyard, right up against the trestletrees. Have you ever seen that before?'
"'The thing like a tablecloth pulled out at one corner?' asked Stephen, who could be sadly disappointing on occasion.
"'Well, it is a mizen topgallant staysail,' said Jack, who had expected little more. 'You can tell your grandchildren you saw one.'"
--Patrick O'Brian, The Thirteen Gun Salute, 265–266