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The normal method for the stowage of rope on board ship, coiled in circular turns. The direction used to lay up the coils depended on the lay of the rope; if it was laid up right handed the rope was coiled clockwise from left to right; if laid up left handed, it was coiled anticlockwise from right to left. The reason for this was that the correct direction of coiling kept the lay of the rope tight. Hemp rope was always coiled clockwise since it was always laid up right handed. Wire rope is almost invariably coiled on a drum, as it will not hold its shape like rope made from fibres. See also cheese down, to; flake; tier.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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