“Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.”
If you were wondering why both men on the quarterdeck are looking towards the stern, I think they're intensely attentive about the square sail (I've heard it called a Spanker) out of the frame to the left. . . very hard to steer if the wind rips it to pieces.It's a strong wind for them to have reeved up the mains'l so high. Brave men. I'd've already had all those square sails furled and tightly lashed at this point.
AAHHH sailbooters. takes all kinds