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Examples of Topman
It was a task that had to be deftly performed, for the ship was forging through the sea, and plunging her bowsprit under water as she rose and fell in her progress, one minute describing a half-circle through the air with her forefoot as she yawed to the heavy rolling waves, the next diving deep down into the billows and tossing up tons of water over her forecastle, where the skipper stood, watching his opportunity, as the broken spars, on which he could now plainly see that the figure of a man was lashed, swept nearer and nearer on the crest of a wave that bore them triumphantly on high above the storm-wrack and foam.
Better send a hand forrud in the chains to sling him a rope, or we'll pass him by in a minnit.
Just almost a year before they were bending over Sailor Bill in precisely the same way in the cabin of the _Susan Jane_.
Thanks to Ernest Wilton's breastwork, their losses had not been very heavy.
Seeing them coming up, the midshipman laughed, and told Dick what was in store for him.
In a fortnight, he had learned the names and uses of what had, at first, seemed to him the innumerable ropes; and long before that, had accompanied one of the midshipmen aloft.