A knot is used to secure a boatswain chair to a gantline.

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SQUARE KNOT

A knot used to join two lines of similar size. also called a reef knot.

CLOVE HITCH

A knot for temporarily fastening a line to a spar or piling.

BOWLINE KNOT

A knot used to form a temporary loop in the end of a line.

SPLICE

To join lines (ropes, cables, etc.) by unravelling their ends and intertwining them to form a continuous line. To form an eye or a knot by splicing.

LABRADOR CURRENT

Originating from cold arctic water flowing southeastward through Davis Strait at speeds of 0.2 to 0.5 knot and from a westward branching of the warmer West Greenland Current, the Labrador Current flows south eastward along the shelf of the Canadian coast. Part of the current flows into Hudson Strait along its north shore. The outflow of fresh water along the south shore of the strait augments the part of the current flowing along the Labrador coast. The current also appears to be influenced by surface outflow from inlets and fjords along the Labrador coast. The mean speed is about 0.5 knot, but current speed at times may reach 1.5 to 2.0 knots.

BOWLINE

A knot used to form a temporary loop in the end of a line.

KNOT

A measure of speed equal to one nautical mile (6076 feet) per hour.

SHEET BEND

A knot used to join two ropes. Functionally different from a square knot in that it can be used between lines of different diameters.

FIGURE OF EIGHT

A stopper knot.

TURN

A knot passing behind or around an object.

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