The Busy Shore: The Block and Tackle System

The author explains how a block and tackle system multiplies human strength and illustrates a number of uses for them.

Adkins - busy shore - anchor bends
Hook bends make a line fast to a block's hook. The BLOCKWALL HITCH is simple and secure under steady pull. An ANCHOR BEND is more secure for hoisting jerks. Because a single line might slip, a STROP is often spliced up for hoisting; both bights are slipped over the hook, or one is passed through the other and the single bight is secured to the hook with a CAT'S PAW.
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