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Guess the artefact 4 - Revealed

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 18, 2014

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Last week’s object was a ropework knotboard display mounted on a backing, surrounding a reproduction print of the Cutty Sark.

Sailors had to be rope-tying experts, the safety of the ship and crew could depend on whether a knot was correctly tied. On a fully rigged ship several miles of rigging incorporated thousands of knots.

During long months at sea, sailors would practise their knot tying skills and knotboards became useful training references as well as the more ornate being objects of pride.

This knotboard was made by James Posner who was a Freeman of the River Thames, licensed to navigate and pilot passenger vessels.

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At one time Swansea, with its links to the sea would be full of sailors with similar skills.

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