Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Cordage is the generic term for the running rigging of a ship, and for the reserves intended to replace it. "Cable-laid" cordage is made with nine strands. Three strands are "laid" slack; and three of the resultant ropes, "closed together," make a cable or cablet. "Stroud-laid" and "hawser-laid" are other varieties.