I screwed round a bit, holding the jackstay with one hand, and steadying the insensible Ordinary with the other.
At his touch, as though by magic, the young fellow calmed down, and Stubbins — reaching round him — grasped the jackstay on the other side.
And the ice on spar and jackstay, and the cracking, volleying sail,
Pulling myself along the jackstay until I reached the bunt, I managed to grasp a line that was tailing taut downward toward the deck.
Jackson, who was outside of me, gripped the jackstay and threw his feet around the yard-arm which was springing and jumping away at a terrific rate with the shock of the cracking topsail.
The damaged net was taken away and one of the old service grummet nets slung in its place, the cylinders containing the gun cotton being attached to the jackstay immediately in front of the battered sides, and 30 feet from the hulk, and sunk to a distance of 20 feet below the water line, which would bring it about opposite the bend of the bilge.
I put my left arm round the Ordinary's body -- getting hold of the jackstay on the other side.
At his touch, as though by magic, the young fellow calmed down, and Stubbins -- reaching round him -- grasped the jackstay on the other side.
I had traced out bit by bit, until now I could clearly see the jackstay, running along the top of the royal mast; and, you know, the royal itself was set.
The jackstay was torn from his grasp, and he fell, face downward, into the black void beneath.