Two Scythians tying a rope. This is one of the few existing representations of the ancient Scythians. Found on a Greek Electrum Vase.

Scythians on a Greek Vase

Two Scythians tying a rope. This is one of the few existing representations of the ancient Scythians.…

Two seizings, a class of knots used to bind two parts of the same rope or to another object.

Seizing

Two seizings, a class of knots used to bind two parts of the same rope or to another object.

The sheepshank is "a kind of knot, hitch, or bend made on a rope to shorten it temporarily." -Whitney, 1911

Sheepshank

The sheepshank is "a kind of knot, hitch, or bend made on a rope to shorten it temporarily." -Whitney,…

"A knot by which the two parts of a shroud which has been broken or shot away are reunited." -Whitney, 1911

Shroud Knots

"A knot by which the two parts of a shroud which has been broken or shot away are reunited." -Whitney,…

"A block used in ships, having an opening in one side to receive the bight of a rope, chiefly used for heavy purchases, where a warp or hawser is brought to the capstan." — Williams, 1889

Snatch-block

"A block used in ships, having an opening in one side to receive the bight of a rope, chiefly used for…

A woman makes rope using an early type of machine for spinning rope yarn.

Spinning Rope Yarn

A woman makes rope using an early type of machine for spinning rope yarn.

"In making a short splice the ends of the ropes are unlaid for a short distance and brought together, the strands interlacing (A). Taking any one strand, this is woven into the laid strands of the other rope, working from left to right; the other two stands are similarly woven, but from right to left."—Finley, 1917

Short splice

"In making a short splice the ends of the ropes are unlaid for a short distance and brought together,…

"Naut., a contrivance, consisting of two wooden deadeyes and a rope lanyard, for quickly securing any standing rigging shot away in action." -Whitney, 1911

Fighting Stopper

"Naut., a contrivance, consisting of two wooden deadeyes and a rope lanyard, for quickly securing any…

Tightrope walking is the art of walking along a thin wire or rope, usually at a great height. One or more artists performs in front of an audience or as a publicity stunt. Tightrope walkers sometimes use balancing poles and may perform the feat without a safety net for effect.

Wirewalking Toy

Tightrope walking is the art of walking along a thin wire or rope, usually at a great height. One or…

Men playing tug-of-war.

Tug-of-War

Men playing tug-of-war.

"Suport a soft cotton rope several yards long between two fixed supports, as the opposite sides of the room, or the floor and the ceiling. With a ruler, strike the rope a blow near one end so as to form a crest, as shown. Vary the tension of the rope if necessary, until the crest is easily seem. Notice the crest, c, travels from A to B, where it is reflected back to A as a trough, t." -Avery 1895

Fixed Wave Reflection

"Suport a soft cotton rope several yards long between two fixed supports, as the opposite sides of the…

Three cylindrical weights, suspended on ropes and pulleys.

Weights and pulleys

Three cylindrical weights, suspended on ropes and pulleys.

"The wheel and axle consists of a wheel united to a cylinder in such a way that they may turn together on a common axis. It is a modified lever of the first or second class." -Avery 1895

Wheel and Axle with Rope and Bucket

"The wheel and axle consists of a wheel united to a cylinder in such a way that they may turn together…

"Instead of having a rope attached to it, the wheel is often provided with projecting pins, as shown, to which the hand is directly applied." —Quackenbos 1859

Wheel and Axle with Spokes

"Instead of having a rope attached to it, the wheel is often provided with projecting pins, as shown,…

"Features six movable pulleys aligned on the same axis. This pulley was invented to reduce the friction of each block to a single wheel." —Quackenbos 1859

White's Pulley

"Features six movable pulleys aligned on the same axis. This pulley was invented to reduce the friction…