A round knot created by two overhand loops which cross each other. It is a safe way of securing two rope hawsers of different sizes. Because it assumes a round form when drawn tight it does not get jammed between the whelps of a capstan barrel as might a flat knot like a reef knot. To make it totally secure the two loose ends should be stopped to the standing parts after the knot has been tightened.
Subjects: Maritime History.