The Lay of Rope

By John Harland, published February 2014

Abstract

An explanation of the reasons behind the terms ‘right-hand lay’ and ‘left-hand lay’.  The fact that ‘clockwise’, ‘with the sun’ and ‘right-handed’ mean the same thing in the maritime world,  whereas twine direction in nature is almost all right-handed.  The Note moves from hemp to wire rope and the uses to which it will be put, explaining the difficulties of each.

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Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Science & Exploration | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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