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Knots are very usefull on a sailing ship, and you find knots everywhere: knots to tie ropes tightly (and untie them easily), knots to tie things in a definitive manner, knots in your fishing line (this was the topic of a previous post...), decorative knots, and some knots just to do something to pass the time, which is what Andreas is doing right now.
A little book of knots kept opened beneath one of the mizzen sheets, a bit of rope, and this is something to do during your watch (in three views)...

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However, I have chosen the title because there are plenty of books about knots, and one, which is "the Bible" for knot makers. I have a French copy of it in my bookshelves (I found it second hand, and do not open it very often - I should), and this is what Wikipedia says about it:

The Ashley Book of Knots is an encyclopedia of knots first published in 1944 by Clifford Ashley. The culmination of over 11 years of work, it contains some 7000 illustrations and more than 3854 entries covering over 2000 different knots. The entries include instructions, uses, and for some knots, histories, and are categorized by type or usage. It remains one of the most important books on knots, as it is one of the most extensive, covering both good knots and bad, and noting which is which.

Use as a reference
Due to its scope and wide availability The Ashley Book of Knots has become a significant reference work in the field of knotting. The numbers Ashley assigned to each knot can be used to unambiguously identify them. This is a useful function since knot names have evolved over time and there are many conflicting or confusing naming issues. Citations to Ashley numbers are usually in the form: "The Constrictor Knot (ABOK #1249)", "ABOK #1249" or even simply "#1249" if the context of the reference is clear or already established. The book title is also found abbreviated in the forms: TABOK, TABoK, or ABoK.

Some knots have more than one Ashley number due to having multiple uses or forms. For example, the main entry for #1249 is in the chapter on binding knots but it is also listed as #176 in a chapter on occupational knot usage.

The Ashley Book of Knots was published in the days of natural fiber cordage; some knots as presented are not entirely appropriate or safe when tied in modern synthetic fiber ropes because many modern materials exert much less friction than natural fibers do.

Revisions and corrections have been added by International Guild of Knot Tyers. At least one knot, Hunter's bend (#1425A), was added in 1979.

Trivia
In her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx uses passages from The Ashley Book of Knots as an epigraph for almost every chapter.

Further reading
Clifford W. Ashley. The Ashley Book of Knots. Doubleday, New York. ISBN 0-385-04025-3
Reprint: Doubleday, New York 1963–1979, ISBN 0-571-09659-X

And I do not earn any money here, this is just a very interesting book!

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