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A very rough rope made from the fibre of the husks of the coconut, dark brown in colour. It had many uses aboard ship before natural fibre ropes were replaced by synthetic ones. In particular, it is lighter than other natural-fibre ropes, more resilient, and floats on water. This last property made it especially suitable for use as warps and as a grass-line.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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