edges. Inset A of figure 3-40 shows the end view of the
regular shoemaker's stitch. Inset B shows the variation.
Leather, of course, handles and sews much easier if
it is soaked in water for a few minutes.
In this chapter, we discussed the purpose and use of
various knots, bends, and hitches, and the correct
method of applying seizing to wire rope and whipping
on a line. We also discussed the uses of the eye and short
During your naval career, you will be called upon
to act quickly in an emergency or during routine duties
to have proficiency in the act of tying knots, bends, and
Your ship's leading Boatswain's Mate, who is well
qualified from years of experience, will help you in
mastering any of these procedures. Do not hesitate to
seek assistance if you need it.