The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 3

By Edgar Allan Poe

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to let
the wind take them aback, when she becomes stationary. But we are now
speaking of lying-to in a gale of wind. This is done when the wind
is ahead, and too violent to admit of carrying sail without danger of
capsizing; and sometimes even when the wind is fair, but the sea too
heavy for the vessel to be put before it. If a vessel be suffered to
scud before the wind in a very heavy sea, much damage is usually done
her by the shipping of water over her stern, and sometimes by the
violent plunges she makes forward. This manoeuvre, then, is seldom
resorted to in such case, unless through necessity. When the vessel
is in a leaky condition she is often put before the wind even in the
heaviest seas; for, when lying-to, her seams are sure to be greatly
opened by her violent straining, and it is not so much the case when
scudding. Often, too, it becomes necessary to scud a vessel, either when
the blast is so exceedingly furious as to tear in pieces the sail which
is employed with a view of bringing her head to the wind, or when,
through the false modelling of the frame or other causes, this main
object cannot be effected.

Vessels in a gale of wind are laid-to in different manners, according
to their peculiar construction. Some lie-to best under a foresail, and
this, I believe, is the sail most usually employed. Large square-rigged
vessels have sails for the express purpose, called storm-staysails.
But the jib is occasionally employed by itself,--sometimes the jib
and foresail, or a double-reefed foresail, and not unfrequently the
after-sails, are made use of. Foretopsails are very often found to
answer the purpose better than any other species of sail. The Grampus
was generally laid-to under a close-reefed foresail.

When a vessel is to be laid-to, her head is brought up to the wind just
so nearly as to fill the sail under which she lies when hauled flat aft,
that is, when brought diagonally across the vessel. This being done,
the bows point within a few degrees of the direction from which the wind
issues, and the windward bow of course receives the shock of the waves.
In this situation a good vessel will ride out a very heavy gale of wind
without shipping a drop of water, and without any further attention
being requisite on the part of the crew. The helm is usually lashed
down, but this is altogether unnecessary (except on account of the noise
it makes when loose), for the rudder has

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