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To serve a rope, by which its worming and parcelling is secured. Ropes are frequently wormed and parcelled in place where heavy use may fray or gall (rub) them or where it is desired to make them impervious to water. An old rhyme instructs us to Worm and parcel with the lay,Turn and serve the other way.The serving is secured on each turn by a marling hitch, hence its name.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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