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Uses: To make a fixed loop; (Often
for the purpose of hoisting men sitting in it.[stylised b mark referring to sentence at bottom of page]
But see i.63-3. as to this.) For fastening the bowline
bridles to the cringles. (H.)[stylised b] See Sailors Work Book.
Characteristics: The knot is a Weaver
(q.v. pp 1 ff.), the strain being divided
between on part of the bull loop
& the other part of it with one part
of the lion loop. The remaining part
of the lion loop is always free, and
the whole is made on a single cord
or rope. When a weaver (or sheet bend)
is made on an ordinary ^lion loop or bight
the strain is divided between one part
of the bull loop & two of the lion -
the remaining part of the bull loop being free.
In a net the strain is divided
equally between all four parts ^& there is therefore no free part. In
joining it is divided equally between one
part of the lion & one part of the bull
loop, there being two free parts. Some of the
peculiarities of the 4 bowlines (ii.
pp 44-5) and the 4 heterodox bowlines (ii*
[stylised b ref. above]Bill Sikes should have made this knot instead of a
running knot. He would then not have cheated the hangman.
[Vertical: The Bowline, Reef and Middleman noose (English Knot) & Brooch Knot are the chief
knots use [sic] by mountaineers. The Alpine Club Report 1892 gave strength of
rope with bowline on it as 72.4% of unknotted strength. The rope tested always
broke at knot. Alpine C. rope is R.H. (hawser laid.) G.D. Abraham. "The
Complete Mountaineer
1907 pp 32-3.]

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