One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Close-hauled but with sails filling.
- ‘We are steering full and by and watch securing gear round the decks.’
- ‘For example, in a fresh gale, a well-conditioned man-of-war could just carry in chase, full and by, treble-reefed topsails, etc.’
- ‘Eagle was sailing full and by under her uppers, lowers, and course sails, plus the headsails.’
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