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Worming a Cable

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When eighteenth-century mariners spoke of 'worming' a cable they were referring to a process in which thin rope or yarn was wound around a cable so that it filled the grooves between strands. This made the cable stronger and thus less likely to break or fray when used to hold a vessel at anchor. It also prevented a cable from fraying during the hauling in of anchors.
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  • Falconer, William, Online edition of William Falconer's Universal Dictionary of the Marine, or, a Copious Explanation of the Technical Terms and Phrases employed in the Construction, ...of a Ship...derived from the text of the London 1780 edition published by Thomas Cadell, 2004 edn, South Seas, http://southseas.nla.gov.au/refs/falc/contents.html. [ Details ]

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Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Created: 14 April 2004

Published by South Seas, 1 February 2004
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: Paul.Turnbull@jcu.edu.au
Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Updated: 28 June 2004
To cite this page use: http://nla.gov.au/nla.cs-ss-biogs-P000403

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