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.

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A luff tackle with a tail sinnet instead of a hook is called a HANDY BILLY, and is used for many jobs aboard ship, especially for setting lines taut. The sinnet is half-hitched once or twice around the line to be set, then made fast with a Rolling Hitch.
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