The Marlinspike Sailor

Ranked #15 in Knot, Ranked #61 in Boating

The late Hervey Garrett Smith was the foremost marine illustrator of the 1950s and 1960s, and his wonderful drawings of traditional ropework quickly propelled. The Marlinspike Sailor to cult classic status when it was published in 1956. With the addition of a section on modern, synthetic rope in the 1970s, its popularity has continued undiminished to this day. It teaches a few basic knots-the bowline, sheetbend, rolling hitch, et al.-and splices in three-stranded and braided rope. But its real business is decorative rope and canvas work-the traditional arts of the sailor-and here it has no... more

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