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Tony Beales
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    Walter Scott’s poem Lord of the Isles, written 1815, includes the following:
    ‘The helm, to his strong arm consign’d,
    Gave the reef’d sail to meet the wind,
    And on her alter’d way,
    Fierce bounding, forward sprung the ship,
    Like greyhound starting from the slip
    To seize his flying prey.’

    Captain Basil Hall, in Fragments of voyages and travels, volume 3 (Edinburgh 1831), perhaps borrowing from Walter Scott, wrote:
    ‘A couple of fathoms of the fore and main sheets, and a slight touch of the weather top-sail and top-gallant braces, with a check of the bowlines, made the swift-footed Endymion spring forward, like a greyhound slipped from the leash.’