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Hemp Monkey's Fist
A traditional "Monkey's Fist" knot with seizings, for attaching to a heaving line. Made of the finest quality 3-strand European hemp (Langman N.L.). For docking, towing, rafting, safety & sea rescue operations.
Approximately 12" long.
Made in Ocala, Fl (USA) by Morris & Barth
What is a Heaving Line?
Throwing heavy warps or long docklines across the open water can be a difficult, sometimes impossible task, especially if the conditions are windy or rough.
A heaving line is a long, small diameter line that is weighted at one end, making it possible to throw across long distances. The non-weighted end is attached to the heavier rope. Once the heaving line has been thrown, the recipient can "pull" the heavier rope to themselves.
One advantage to a heaving line is that it is very easy to throw, and less dangerous for someone on the other end of the line. For example, when a ship docks, it is attached to the dock with heavy hawsers which keep it from moving. These hawsers could be extremely dangerous if they were just hurled from the ship to workers on the docks; instead, a heaving line is thrown and caught by a dock workers, and then a hawser is attached on the ship, allowing the dock worker to easily pull the hawser to the dock and make it fast.
A heaving line can also be attached to something like a lifesaving buoy and thrown to someone overboard, and these lines are often used to establish contact between two ships. A line may be attached to a tow rope, for example. Most sailors learn to handle these ropes very early in their training, since there are times when being able to throw one quickly and accurately can be vital.
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