Clove Hitch

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To tie a clove hitch, first pass the end ‘a’ around a spar, and cross it over ‘b’. Pass it around the spar again, and put it through the second bight (Fig. 1). This is a knot that is very useful and safe. For making a line fast to a bollard, the whole process can be quickly done by an expert by merely throwing two loops, placed rightly, over the top of the bollard, and pulling taut (Fig. 2).




John H. Finley ed. Nelson's Perpetual Loose-Leaf Encyclopaedia (vol. 7) (New York, NY: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1917) 137


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