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169
rope. ( ) Much less is any ad-
vantage gained by unlaying, and re-
placing it by 6 (or strands correspond-
ing to these) as is absurdly directed in
A.P. [space of a page #]. The folly of this will be
obvious from Fig. 5.
Shroud lay rope is long spliced on the *
Uses: To lengthen a rope with a
piece of another of the same size &
character, and to rejoin a broken one
when required to reeve through blocks [& ??]
and when therefore a short splice would
be useless; and as a substitute for a
short splice if preferred.

Characteristics: In spite of the
theory that a splice weakens a rope
one eighth, probably a well made long
splice does not weaken a rope at all
unless infinitessimally. A slovenly long
splice would weaken it very seriously.
Perhaps one eighth may be taken as a fair
measure of average slovenliness.

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