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Susan M
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    You may be interested in earlier mention of catharpings (Notes, John Harland, “Catharpings, Swifters and Banetinck Shrouds” MM 95:3, 328-336)
    Thomas Hariot (BL Ms 6788) whilst consulting/ talking with Mathew Baker wrote a series of notes on ropes (8 folios). This has been recently dated to 1608 by Jacqueline Steddall. On folio 1 at no.11 he wrote “Catharpins. to keepe the shroudes tought [taut]” accompanied by a sketch showing the “shroudes” and “deadmaneye.” He goes on to describe collars of the stays and standing tackles on the same folio. The following folio describes other ropes, with a sketch of a furled sail and his notes work systematically through the types of ropes and their uses. The Manuscript continues with 6 folios on the ship’s parts and then returns to ropes referenced to sails followed by 2 folios listing gterms used. The last folio he refers to Baker’s rule of the proportion of breadth to length but does not go into detail.

    Could anyone help with the meaning of “shiner” which is mentioned several times in the following folios? I only have access to “The sailor’s Wordbook” where there is no mention as far as I know, and I cannot work out its meaning from the context as my technical knowledge is very limited.
    Sue Maxwell member