What does "Rope" mean?

Today it means: Twisted strands of hemp, sisal or similar

The term "rope" on a sailing ship can only be used to describe what it is and not what it does. Every "line" on-board has a specific job and therefore has a specific name. i.e. haulyard, sheet or mainbrace and even their names could be broken down even further into main haulyard, jib sheet, main sheet etc. It was so important that every sailor on board would have to "know the ropes".

See also: Knowing the ropes  and: Hand over fist  and: Splice

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              

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