Schooner Vocabulary
Dictionary of Boating Terms

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

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Serving and Worming on Sailing Ship

Worm and parcel with the lay.
Serve and turn the other way.

SERVING is encircling a rope with line or spunyarn,&c., to keep it from rubbing and chafing. The end of the spunyarn, for service, is placed under the two or three first turns, to keep it fast; then two turns are taken round the rope and mallet, on each side of and round the handle. The mallet is then gradually turned round the rope by its handle, while another person passes the ball of spunyarIl; and this is continued until the rope is covered the length required. When the mallet is within a few turns of the end, take the. turns off the mallet, and pass them by hand, and heave the ends well through, where it is made fast, as at first. ( fig. 3).-

To SERVE is to wind round spunyarn, &c., by means of a mallet,
to prevent it from being rubbed. The materials use.d for the
purpose are called service. (5, fig. 3).

SERVICE. - A term given to all sorts of stuff, whether of old canvas, mat, plat, hide, parcelling, spunyarn, &c., when put round the cables, or other ropes, in order to preserve them from being chafed.

SERVING MALLET. - A cylindrical piece of wood, with a han dIe in the middle; it is used for serving, and has a groove along the surface, opposite the handle, which fits the convexity of the
rope to be served. (, fig. 3).

PARCELLING. - A name given to long narrow slips of tarred canvas, and bound about a rope, in the manner of bandages, previous to its being sewed., It is laid in spiral turns, as smoothly upon the surface as possible, that the rope may not become un;- even and full of ridges. (fig. 2).

WORMING ( fig. 2). - Wind a small rope in the contlines of the strands of cables, shrouds, or stays ; and spunyarn in those of ropes four inches in circumference, and above. The first end of the worming is securely stopped; i1! then fills one interval or contline; and, when arrived at the end of the length intended to be served, it is there stopped, then laid back into the second interval; and so on successively, stopping it at the ends. When worming is wanted to be cut without waste, observe this general rule. Once the length of the service multiplied by the number of strands, or intervals, and one-third more added, gives the length of the worming. - Example: - Twelve fathoms of serv- ice in a four-strand rope, .will take sixty-four fathoms of rope for worming; and for a three-strand rope, forty-eight fathoms.


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