bolt rope

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The name given to the rope which was sewn around the edges of a sail to keep it from fraying. While the whole rope was known as the bolt-rope, it was subdivided in name according to the side of the sail on which it was sewn, as luff-rope, footrope, etc. Bolt-ropes were always placed slightly to the left of centre of the edge on which they were sewn to enable seamen to orient the sail by feel in the dark.

Subjects: Maritime History — Warfare and Defence.

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