Nautical rope knot tying

Nautical rope knot tyingAll yachting and boating men should learn the art of knotting and splicing, etc., for although the tendency nowadays is to use more and more metal and less cordage, and although the deadeye and laniard are supplanted by the rigging screw, the toggle by the shackle, and the "handy billy" by special winches everywhere, yet whenever any of these appliances break down, as they will at times, or in such cases as the loss of a spar or a shipwreck, etc., then the old seaman's lore and resourcefulness in knowing how to pass a lashing or a seizing, and to knot and splice, are invaluable, and, indeed, may make all the difference between safety and disaster.

For the man who loves his boat, moreover, there is endless small ornamental work to be done on or about her gear which will afford him constant amusement at odd times, and show that he takes an honest pride in his craft. We shall therefore touch, on some of this branch of cordage work, as well as on the ordinary knots, etc.

A sailor does not use the word knot or knotting as a landsman does; with the former, with one or two exceptions, it generally means a more or less ornamental work made by interlacing either the strands of a rope or a separate piece of small stuff.

For joining ropes and other articles the sailor uses "bends," which hold securely and yet can be instantly cast loose, whilst "hitches," in which certain turns in a rope are more or less made to jam against each other or against some other objects, are used by him for various purposes.