and the wind hanging still westerly

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Hi everyone, this is from Colonel Jack by Defoe. (1722)

Upon this they stood away N.E., and the wind hanging still westerly, or to the northward of the west, we made good way, and in about fifteen days' sail we made the Pico Teneriffe, being a monstrous hill in one of the Canary Islands.

Question: If they stood away NW, should have the wind blown from South or Southeast?
  • lingobingo

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    English - England
    I don’t know who “they” are in that extract, but apparently “stood away” is/was a nautical term.

    From the OED:

    Naut. To sail or steer away (from some coast, quarter, enemy, etc.)
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