"Let her Rip."
, of the ship Othello
, tells a good story of the time when he was going to California
with a gentleman crew, at the time of the gold fever.
It appears that his crew was composed mostly of students from some college in the interior of New York — all intelligent young men, and of wealthy families, and treated very kindly by the captain and his officers.
While off Cape Horn
, on her passage out, the ship encountered a very heavy gale, accompanied by hail and snow; and after lying to for many hours under nothing but close-reefed main top-sail, it became necessary to take in even that sail.--All the ‘ "boys"’ were safely stowed below in the forecastle, when the mate went forward and sung out, ‘"Come on deck, all of you, and furl this main-topsail."’ Surprised, after the lapse of a few minutes, in not seeing the crew come up, the mate again went forward and said, ‘"If you don't come on deck soon the top-sail will blow away."’ ‘ "All right, Mr. Sherman
,"’ was the reply, ‘"please tell the Captain
that we have concluded to let the topsail blow away, and we'll pay for it."’