from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A triangular sail bent to the mainmast and sheeted down aft, to steady a vessel when head on to the wind.
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The riding-sail was down and the main - and topsail were up by noon, and dories came alongside with letters for home, envying their good fortune.
Harvey very soon discovered that the 'We're Here', with her riding-sail, strolling from berth to berth, and the 'We're Here' headed west by south under home canvas, were two very different boats.
The shadow of the masts and rigging, with the never-furled riding-sail, rolled to and fro on the heaving deck in the moonlight; and the pile of fish by the stern shone like a dump of fluid silver.
The 'We're Here', under jib and riding-sail, gave her no more room than was absolutely necessary, -- Disko did not wish to spend a week hunting for his cable, -- but scuttled up into the wind as the Carrie passed within easy hail, a silent and angry boat, at the mercy of a raking broadside of
The anchor came up with a sob, and the riding-sail bellied as Troop steadied her at the wheel.
The lashed wheel groaned and kicked softly, the riding-sail slatted a little in the shifts of the light wind, the windlass creaked, and the miserable procession continued.
The schooner, with a triangular riding-sail on the mainmast, played easily at anchor, and except for the man by the cabin-roof -- "house" they call it -- she was deserted.