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Fancy Knotwork

July 09, 2012 Posted by: Christine Baird

A cowl vent on the main deck of BALCLUTHA increases air circulation below decks. Deckhand Ali Maheu fashioned this bit of netting across the opening. It is another example of Ali's fancywork, sophisticated knotwork, that serves a utilitarian purpose.

A white-colored ventilator with a large opening on the deck of a ship.

A cowl vent on BALCLUTHA with netting made out of rope stretched across the opening.


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A white marking painted on the port side of Balclutha with letters and lines.

This "Plimsoll Mark" is painted on the port side of Balclutha and named for Samuel Plimsoll, an Englishman who fought to pass the Merchant Shipping Act of 1876. Before this law, many ships were dangerously overloaded and many sank. These “coffin ships” claimed the lives of many sailors. More...