Schooner Vocabulary
Dictionary of Boating Terms

Dictionary of Boating Sailing, Schooners, Naval, Ships, Boat and Seafaring Terms

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Knots and Ropes

KNOT. - A large Knot formed on, the extremity of a rope; gen- erally by unlaying the ends thereof, and interweaving them reg- ularly amongst each other. There are several sorts of knots, which differ materially in form, size, and name, according to the uses for which they are designed; as, bowline-knot, buoy-rope- knot, diamond-knot, reef-knot, stopper-knot, &c. (See PI. I, figs. IS, 16,24,25,26,27,28).
To KNOT. - Signifies to tie two ropes together, or the end of a rope to a bight in the-same. (See BEND and HITCH). 

ROPES. - All cordage in general, above one inch in circumference, which bear different names, according to their .various uses, Bolt Rope is the rope sewed to the skirts or edges of sails. Buoy Rope. - A rope fastened to the buoy of the anchor. Breast Rope is fastened along the laniards of the shrouds, for safety, when heaving the lead in the chains. Davit Rope is the lashing which secures the davit to the shrouds, when out of use. Enter- 1ng Ropes hang from the upper part of the stanchions alongside the ladder at the gangways. Guest Rope is f?-stened to an eye- bolt in the ship's side, and to the outer end of a boom, project- ing from the ship's side, by guys, to keep the boats clear off the sides. H eeZ Rope is to haul out jib-booms, and the bowsprits of cutters, &c. Passing Ropes lead round the ship, through eyes'
in the quarter, waist, gangway, and forecastle stanchions, for- ward to the knight-heads. Ring Ropes are occasionally made fast to the ring-bolts in the deck, and by .cross-turns round the
cable, to confine it securely in stormy weather. Slip Rope is to trice the bight of the cable i.F1to"tRe head, and is alliso employed in casting 8ff a vessel in a tid'e-way, .&c. Tiller Rope is the rope by which the tiller is wopk~d. (Explainecl! in Part 'III). Top Rope is a rop~ rove through'iEhe heelbf a top-mast, to raise it by its tackle. to the mast"head,

Single Diamond Knot

Double Diamond Knot

Stopper Knot

Single Wall Knot

Double Wall Knot

Reef (Square) Knot

Overhand Knot

Tack Knot

Bowline knot

Shroud Knot

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02/10/2008