Splice

What does "Splice" mean?

Today it means: Add to something, weave in

A splice is where two pieces of rope are joined together by inter-weaving the strands (the ends) of one rope into the other. This is a skilled job and when done well can make the resulting joint (splice) as strong, if not stronger, than the original rope. Splicing was necessary to repair a damaged section in a rope which was sometimes done while it was still working. This was such a skilful job that only experienced Able Seamen could do it; although all levels of crew had to learn how to do it.

See also: Splice the mainbrace  and: Mainbrace 

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              



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