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Malcolm Lewis
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    The Chatham Dockyard ropery is certainly well worth a visit with excellent daily demonstrations. Much of HMS Victory’s rope is still made here albeit now with black polypropylene. I recall they are not able to supply the 24” cable-laid anchor cable required and this is supplied from Holland.
    The replica HMS Endeavour in Sydney has authentic tarred hemp although in the summer heat this drips off onto the spotless decks, and probably visitors. This must have been a problem for Nelson’s ships in the tropics and in the Mediterranean.
    I understood that cable-laid rope was not necessarily stronger than hawser laid but wore better when it was dragged across a rough seabed when the ship was at anchor. I asked about splicing cable laid rope and was shown a large wooden “splicing block” for separating the multi strands. It was suggested that it was unlikely such a complex splice could be done aboard ship so if a lengthened cable was required “on station” it was likely to have been done with loops or bites.
    Maybe someone could put me right if my memory of my visit is not correct- it was some years ago.
    Malcolm Lewis