The fore topgallant
yard and fore topsail yards have already been removed from the ship, which is based at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Hampshire.
Among these papers are indications that Wortman worked hard to maintain a sense of Barnes's accent in its transition from spoken word to text: she made lists of abbreviations of words like "topm'st" (topmast), "t'gallant" (topgallant
), and "mainsa'l" (mainsail) to keep his voice consistent and precise.
A cannonball from Tripoli's battery left the Intrepid's topgallant
sail in tatters; Decatur ordered two small boats with sweeps (oars) lowered, and the men rowed for their lives, towing the unsailable Intrepid behind them, to rendezvous with the Siren.
At the climax of the story, Harriet is trapped on top of an old water tower, her doom approaching step by step in a scene that deliberately recalls Jim Hawkins on the topgallant
yard of the Hispaniola, trembling as Israel Hands closes in on him.
The main topgallant
mast was carried away and, snarled in the rigging, increased the Loo Choo's already severe rolling.