Sulinor rubbed his wrists again. 'We were towing our longboat half-full. I steered somewhat that day.'
'What sail were you showing?' Baeticus demanded.
'Nothing--and twice too much at that. But she came round when Sulinor asked her, and we kept her jogging in the lee of the island. I said, didn't I, that my girt-hawsers were on deck?'
This is from "The Manner of Men" by Kipling.
I do not understand the meaning below.
What sail were you showing
and twice too much at that.
I am glad if some one would kindly teach me.