This is how George S. Nares describes it back in 1862, in one of the most famous books on seafaring art. George was a Royal Navy officer, he was a British navigator, admiral and polar explorer. A great man who brought innovation to boating and is still widespread today in various other areas.
Over the years, sailors from all over the world have handed down the secrets to create those machines that now operate sailing boats. Among these there was also the method of two blocks and a long rope. Those few components, suitably upright, would have given life to the hoist, but let's see how it works!