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Rope & Ropemaking
Rope is an essential part of life both at sea and ashore . It has been the building block of all civilisations.
Rope can be made from many materials .
This selection of images shows some of the equipment used to make rope and some interesting examples of the ropemakers art.
Flagon covered with ropework
Heaving mallets ranging in size from 6-24 inches overall
An all wood sailmakers stitch heaver from Portugal .
Sailors performing various tasks on the rigging
Sticks with weighted heads
Two case in which sailors would keep their sailneedles in
hand dressing of hemp
Wright's Rope Walk 1770s
A heaving mallet at work
Sailmaker’s seam rubber 1989.2.1