[B]CHAPTER XXXIII.[/B] [B]HANDLING SHIP IN COMING TO ANCHOR.[/B] [B]GENERAL REMARKS ON ANCHORING.[/B]
Shortening all sail together, in coming to anchor, however well done aloft, cannot but crowd the decks at a time when you want silence and the power of carrying out a sudden alteration in your plans. Except when you want to “charge” into a station with great way, or catch breezes over the land with your lofty canvas, the seamanlike way to come to is under topsails, after the courses and upper sails have been taken in and the upper yards squared. You can then feel your way with the topsails, deaden it with a check of the braces, freshen it with a small addition of canvas, or stop it by heaving aback.