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Susan M
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Weighing anchors:
Please see Thomas Hariot’s notes [BL MS 6788] folio 9 in a section dealing with ropes where he describes the ropes used and how they were used to weigh the anchor. He was not a seaman and the notes seem to be his own to understand how different parts of ships functioned in relation to each other. Most of his mathematical notes have very little writing or explanations with them so this is somewhat of a rarity.
Rope walks:
In Limehouse, north of Thomas Graves/ Greaves shipyard at what was later called Dick’s wharf was the land of rope maker Margett. This was post 1584 when Graves had the lease of his land, and later the two families intermarried. After 1590 the Graves ship yard expanded due to the money earned by Graves’ apprentice Richard Casey on Cavendish’s circumnavigation 1586-8. Whether Margett’s rope making had a wlk is not proved, though the road now is called such.
Any further information on this topic would be most welcome. I have documentary references if anyone is interested.
Sue Maxwell