The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

what is the mariner describing in lines 22-24? What effect do they create?

Part 1, lines 22-24

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I have the following lines for thise line numbers:

The ship was cheered, the harbour cleared,
Merrily did we drop
Below the kirk, below the hill,
Below the lighthouse top.

This just describes how they happily sailed farther away from the signs of land.