Word usage examples
Slowly and carefully he examined the zebec, familiarizing himself with the position of every sheet, halyard and brace.
Rossi and Stafford to check in the hold before going to the main-mast, and Maxton and Jackson to cast off the lines - the breeze would blow the zebec clear of the quay.
Once out of the lee of the quay the wind was fresher, as Ramage had anticipated, and while the men sheeted home the sail and braced the yard the zebec gathered way and he could hear the crisp bubbling of the water round the stern.
I have the honour to acquaint you, that the sloop I have the honour to command, after a mutual chase and a warm action, has captured a Spanish xebec frigate of 32 guns, 22 long twelve-pounders, 8 nines, and 2 heavy carronades, viz, the Cacafuego, commanded by Don Martin de Langara, manned by 319 officers, seamen and marines.
A mysterious further delight was promised for the next day, and the victims were discussing various schemes of escape as they sat on the hotel terrace, eating a splendid English breakfast and gazmg out over the harbour when Jack saw a xebec with an extraordinary press of sail come tearing in, weave through the moored shipping and race up to the landing-place.
To his left lay the merchantmen: scores and, indeed, hundreds of feluccas, tartans, xebecs, pinks, polacres, polacre-settees, houarios and barca-longas - all the Mediterranean rigs and plenty from the northern seas as well - bean-cods, cats, herring-busses.
The green xebec whose figurehead was Astarte, goddess of sexual love, tacked slowly into the Grand Harbour.
He thought of men he knew, junior to him but with better luck or better interest, who were now lieutenants in command of brigs or cutters, or who had even been promoted master and commander: and all of them snapping up trabacaloes in the Adriatic, tartans in the Gulf Of Lions, xebecs and settees along the whole of the Spanish coast.
The East India convoy, under sail, was being attacked by at least a score of xebecs and galleys, while smallcraft crammed with Moors waited to board any disabled merchantman.
The convoy, escorted only by a sixteen-gun brig-sloop, had formed in something of a line and it was protecting itself moderately well against the xebecs, powerfully armed though they were.