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135
Strops for blocks &c. Burney 27.
The ordinary strop is a
piece of rope short spliced into
a ring band, part of which goes round
the block & part round a thimble,
a seizing being put on between the
two. (fig 1) There are numerous
modifications according to
the exact kind of block
to be stropped. In nauti-
cal books all sorts
of rough and ready
[Caption: 1.] rules are given as a
help towards ascertaining
the exact sizes of [illegible]
bands strops for various blocks
used on board ship. Practice and
ordinary common sense are however
quite sufficient in themselves. The
main points are (1) stretch before
splicing (2) splice thoroughly securely
(3) select a larger or smaller thimble

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