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In reading the Thomas Kydd series of books, there are a number of references to "pointing" the ends of running rigging lines at times instead of adding a whipping to the ends,  which was  a new one for me.  I see this as a practical thing for reeving lines for our modeling practices.   I was just wondering if anyone else is familiar with this practice and how common it was.

Allan

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POINTING. Tapering the end of a rope, or splice, and working over the reduced part a small close netting, with an even number of knittles twisted from the same, to prevent the end untwisting, and to go more easily through a block or hole.

 

Courtesy Historic Naval Ships Assoc

 

  Refer to The Young Sea Officer's Sheet Anchor:  Or similar books for precise details !

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Nobody actually does this on any of the ships I've been aboard: too much work. I've only seen an actual physical example a handful of times and in each case the person who had done it was simply doing it because it's one of the things the old rigging books include-they do if once just to have done it once. In truth if the line won't  fit into the block without being tapered? The line is too thick for the block anyway.

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