1909, A. Hope Blake, Sixty years in New Zealand: stories of peace and war:
Our anchor, which had been cut away from its lashings and dropped into the deep, is restored to its place, and the Jane with her "Jonah" abouts ship and bears towards Mercury Bay — which is on the mainland — for repairs.
1938, Amending the Merchant Marine act of 1936: Hearing[s] before the Senate. Committee on Commerce, United States Congress:
They had "abouted ship." They had changed the course to put her into the wind.