A Photo Every Day from the Sunshine Coast - Australia

Monday 19 September 2016

Cathole - and a lesson in nautical terms.

The rope, like all but a few on a ship is not a rope, it is a hawser.   There very few actual "ropes" aboard any vessel.  There is a bell rope (to ring the bell), a bolt rope (attached to the edge of a sail for extra strength), a foot rope (on old square riggers for the sailors to stand on while reefing or furling the sails), and a tiller rope (to temporarily hold the tiller and keep the boat on course), but I can't think of any others.

The hole through which hawser protrudes is called variously a cat hole or a hawsehole (pronounced horse-hole and no they never had an ass aboard.)


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1 comment

William Kendall said...

I'd be out of my depth with nautical terms!

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