(known to you landlubbers as ropes)


Here are some terms related to the lines used on a ship:

Bight - a loop or bend in the rope
Bitter end - the very end of a piece of rope
Haul - pull, as on a line
Hawser - a large line used to tie the vessel to the dock
Rigging - the ropes and spars necessary to hold the sails in place
Splice - to join the ends of line, or make a permanent loop (eye) on the end of a line, by weaving the strands together
Tackle - the line rigged through and around pulleys (blocks) to increase the effect of the pull