Bends & Hitches

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  1. Just a quick thought, do the current RN actually still use fancy rope work or is it all just mechanical now? is there still use for this specialist work in today's RN?
     
  2. Ask Fay Turney?
     
  3. The dabbers still use rope work the use of basic bends and hitches (or commonly known as knots). However fancy stuff like bell ropes and knot boards are really only done by the Seaman Specs (not the new branch) I meant those who had to go branch changing. The buffers party did all that stuff but mainly for presentation presents or if the bell needed a new rope etc
     
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  5. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    When I joined up, I was a baby Dabber and used to take pride in the fact that I was expected to know all tghe bends, hitches, whipping and splicing - because I had been taught how to do it, and I was examined on it. Notwithstanding that it was a skill that I used on a dialy basis.

    Now however, it is hard to see those skills being continued. And if you ask a young sailor to knock up a test piece (some bends/hitches, bit of splicing and whipping) you tend to get the response that they don't know how to do it - because it's not in the Task Book! Feck me, queuing up for Watchkeepers' Scran is not in the Task book either, but everyone knows how to do this... :shock:
     
  6. In the old days everyone was taught about six useful knots and also how to back splice and do an eye splice at Raleigh.
    Even the Wafus. Came in handy many times when making up lashing ropes for use onboard.
     
  7. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    ...and other interesting "messdeck sports"! :wink:
     
  8. Stokers dhoby-hitch was the most useful knot going 8)
     
  9. All Chockheads could make a Grommet for Deck Hockey.
     
  10. Not sure about the task book now but the basic whipping was in my task book but splicing wasn't that was something I learnt of my own back.
     
  11. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Dunno; you tell me...?! :shock: :?
     
  12. You can get a guide showing you how to splice, bend and do other useful things with bits of rope for your iPhone or iPod so there's no excuse! I cannot believe that modern matelots don't all learn at least the essential ones. Then again maybe modern Pusser ropes and hawsers are all "intelligent" and can secure themselves :LOL:
     

  13. Yeah I have that on my Ipod touch, I even went and brought some rope and I have been having a go. this is what led me to the question.
     
  14. Why?
     
  15. :thumbup:

    For the uninitiated, the program is called, aptly: Knot Guide (Winkpass Creations) and come complete with a searching facility, illustrated lingo guide, a favourites button to save those that might come in handy in an emergency ;) and is a snip at only £2.39. The illustrations are coloured so you can distinguish between different ropes, etc and it takes you through how to actually tie the things.

    It is regularly updated & of course the updates are included in the price. :)

    More info plus piccies, here:
    http://www.winkpass.com/knotguide.html
     
  16. Just go and find a old looking CBM not one of them new young ones that are always smiling( becouse they know Fcuk all)
    look for the angry looking old Bastard.
    catch him in a good mood just after both watches and ask him to teach you......
    The hard part here is the good mood, as i said most CBM are old bastards but there is a gay one think it was argylls
    find him he might help you out
     

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