Ships Bell Rope

Contributed by Alan Young

This Bell Rope was made by William Houghton in 1974, he was my Boson in the R.N.X.S. He started as an appentice sailmaker on the "Themopylae" when he was aged 13 the sister ship of the Cutty Sark. He was taught the skill of Knot making by the old sailors he worked with. He was the last man in England to have the skill to do such excellent Bell Rope work. The Bell rope is made out of Nylon which has been dyed in differant colours. He died a couple of years ago when he was in his eighties. The Bell rope is now a family heirloom

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