To measurement speed at sea sailors would drop a float (log) over the side attached to a uniformly knotted rope. Unwinding the rope from a reel, the "rate of knots" that passed through the sailors fingers in a given time was the speed the ship was doing.
By SailingQuiz September 2019 Category: Nautical Saying
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