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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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