Running bowline

This is probably the only running knot to be used by mariners It is found on the running rigging or it may be used to raise floating objects that have fallen overboard.

At sea during the 19th century it was used to tighten the squaresaii to the yardarm in high winds, and at the same time in the country it was used by poachers. It has many other uses, being strong and secure, easy to slide and simple to undo. Tying it does not weaken the rope. The knot is mostly used for hanging objects with ropes of unequal diameters. The weight of the object creates the tension needed to make the knot grip.

Jack Ketch Executioner

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Hangman's knot

A/so known as: Jack Ketch's knot

Hangman's knot

A/so known as: Jack Ketch's knot

This knot is one of the running knots that is formed by knotting a closed bight at the end of a line. Its name reveals its macabre use, and its alternative name comes from the notorious hangman and executioner Jack Ketch, who died in 1686. It is a strong noose, which slides easily. The number of turns can vary between seven and thirteen, although an odd number should always be used.

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