Knots and Splices

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“Knots and splices include all the various methods of tying, fastening, and joining ropes or cords. Generally, the requirements of a useful knot may be stated to be that it should neither ‘slip’ nor ‘jam’– I. e. that, while it holds without danger of slipping while the strain is on it, when slackened it should be easily untied again. Out of the score or so of methods of fastening a boat’s painter the one which will be found most useful is the well-known two half-hitches (6)."—(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)


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