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Round Seizing Knot

So named when the rope it secures does not cross another and there are three sets of turns.


Round Seizing Knot illustration


How to Tie a Round Seizing Knot

The size of the seizing line is about one-sixth (nominal) that of the ropes to be secured, but varies according to tile number of turns to betaken. An eye is spliced in the line and the end rove through it, embracing both parts. If either part is to be spread open, commence farthest from that part; place tarred canvas under the seizing; pass the line round as many times (with much slack) as it is intended to have underturns; and pass the end back through them all and through the eye. Secure the eye by the ends of its splice; heave the turns on with a marling spike, perhaps seven or nine; haul the end through taut, and commence again the riding turns in the hollows of the first. If the end is not taken back through the eye, but pushed up between the last two turns (as is sometimes recommended), the riders must be passed ,the opposite way in order to follow the direction of the under-turns, which are always one more in number than the riders.

When the riders are complete, the end is forced between the last lower turns and two cross turns are taken, the end coming up where it went down, when a wall knot is made with tile strands and the ends cut close; or the end may be taken once round the shroud. Two ropes or parts of ropes are laid on each other parallel and as the two parts of rope are intended to turn up at right angles to the direction in which they were secured, the seizing should be of stouter line and short, not exceeding seven lower and six riding turns. The end is better sectored with a turn round the standing part.