A term associated with rope-making, from lay, meaning the twist of the rope. Single-laid rope is one strand of rope, the strand consisting of fibres twisted up. Hawser-laid rope consists of three strands twisted together into a rope against the lay of the strands; cable-laid rope is three hawser-laid ropes twisted up together to form a cable. Cable-laid rope was also frequently known as water-laid rope.
Subjects: Maritime History.