she hauled in to keep the land aboard,

enkidu68

Senior Member
turkish
Hi dear friends,
It's cited from Captain Singleton by Defoe,

We knew not at first what to do with her, because she had the shore
on her larboard quarter, and if we offered to chase her, she might put
into any port or creek, and escape us; but, to prevent this, we sent the
sloop to get in between her and the land. As soon as she saw that, she
hauled in to keep the land aboard, and when the sloop stood towards her
she made right ashore, with all the canvas she could spread

My question: she hauled in to keep the land aboard? What did ship exactly do?
I perceived that ship moved to the land keeping the land its larboard side, but not sure.
 
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    "aboard" - figurative - close to a ship's side

    As soon as she saw that [this was our plan],
    she hauled in - she moved inwards [towards the coast]
    to keep the land aboard, - in order to keep the land close to her
    and when the sloop stood towards her - and as the sloop approached her
    she made right ashore, - she sailed directly towards the shoreline
    with all the canvas she could spread - in full sail.
     
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