Sailors use lines (known as ropes by landlubbers) onboard sailing ships for hauling sails, holding down rigging, raising and lowering anchors and a variety of other jobs. Since lines must hold in strong winds and when wet, knowing how to tie all kinds of knots is important. Sailors would also use their knot tying skills to produce beautiful art and they would often create this "knot art" when they had time off, often called "dog watch".
Try your hand at learning the following knots commonly used on a ship.
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