For as in this world, head winds are far more prevalent than winds from astern (that is, if you never violate the Pythagorean maxim), so for the most part the Commodore on the quarter-deck gets his atmosphere at second hand from the sailors on the forecastle.
Meantime, overseeing the other part of the ship, Captain Peleg ripped and swore astern in the most frightful manner.
The ship was sailing plungingly; astern the billows rolled in riots.
Bonham Carter went full speed ahead with the starboard engine and full speed astern with the port to turn her round.
Meantime, at the first tap of the boat's bottom, the Lakeman had slackened the line, so as to drop astern from the whirlpool; calmly looking on, he thought his own thoughts.
When first severed, the head is dropped astern and held there by a cable till the body is stripped.