|Rope maker, Mendel|
Long ropes were necessary in shipping as sheets and halyards. Better a long rope than short ropes spliced together. The short splice is strongest, but doubles the diameter of the rope at the area of the splice, causing problems where lines ran through pulleys. Any splices narrow enough to maintain smooth running would be unable to support the required weight.
Common materials for rope include natural fibres such as manila hemp, hemp, linen, cotton, coir, jute, and sisal.
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