The fibre of the wild banana plant, from which is manufactured a rope much used at sea before the introduction of synthetic rope, as it had good strength and spring. The plant is grown in the Philippines, and the rope takes its name from the capital of those islands. When made up into rope it is a golden brown in colour and was mainly used for such purposes as a boat's falls, or in tackles where considerable weights were liable to be lifted. It was the most dependable of the ropes made from natural fibres and did not need to be tarred, as did hemp and sisal rope.
Subjects: Maritime History.