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Examples of Head-sail
Then she came nearer and nearer to land, until she was less than half a mile from shore.
Very soon they could see the heads of the men on board.
For the same reason they are very wet, as they bury themselves in the water.
Imagine a cutter with one single long spar in the place of a mast and topmast; this spar is stepped rather farther aft than it would be in an ordinary cutter, and there is one huge mainsail, "leg-of-mutton" shaped, with a boom but no gaff, and a very large jib.
But at this moment the engineer came up to say the water had put his fires out and that the ship was sinking.
This would bring her port side into action, which was just what Semmes wanted now, because she had a dangerous list to starboard, where the water was pouring through the shot-holes.