What are Header tricing knittles?

  csqwared 19:28 03 May 2017
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Currently reading a historical naval novel and the above are mentioned. I've Googled (as you do) with no luck. I know we have some RN/RM forumites so wondered if anyone could shed light. They seem to have something to do with hammocks (I do know what they are!)

  john bunyan 19:52 03 May 2017

I am not absolutely sure but a tricing line is one used for hauling, such as lowering or raising a lifeboat ( tricing pennant). I think header tricing knittles refers to the rigging of a hammock, i.e. The ends which can be hauled up when it is in use.

  john bunyan 19:55 03 May 2017

Ps the "knittle" refers to a drawstring, such as for closing a bag or purse, or at the end of a hammock

  bumpkin 19:56 03 May 2017

I am not sure either but thing it has something to do with pulling or pulleys which may be used on hammocks.

  bumpkin 19:58 03 May 2017

posted before seeing johns explanation.

  hssutton 20:02 03 May 2017

Here is a discription in a story that confirms Johns suggestion Header tricing knittles

  hssutton 20:08 03 May 2017

Should have added scroll down to the bottom of page 18 next to bottom paragraph

  john bunyan 20:11 03 May 2017

I have also seen a diagram of a US naval hammock where there is a metal ring to which the spreading ropes are attached . The ring was called a nettle, perhaps originating from the old RN "knittle" or drawstring.

  csqwared 20:31 03 May 2017
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JB

Thanks for that, think I've got the picture now.

HS

That's actually the book I'm reading! It does link the phrase with hammocks but I had no idea of the relationship between the two, hence the question.

Thanks to all for the swift (as ever) replies.

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