There is only one "rope" on a sailing ship. Rope is a generic term for lines, sheets, haulyards, out hauls, etc. etc. There could be 10 or more haulyards; one for each sail and they would all have a different name. "Knowing the ropes" was one of the most important things a sailor had to learn when he joined a ship.
By SailingQuiz September 2019 Category: Nautical Saying
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