Another Sea Service implement that started out as a tool and became a weapon (of sorts). The device was a 3 to 4 hooked iron pronged tool, tied to a rope. When ships came close enough for boarding (the forceful taking of a ship by an opposing crew), Grappling Hooks were thrown towards the enemy vessel. Hooking onto the Main Deck (or Deck Rigging), the rolling of the opposite ship would “draw in” the grappled ship – close enough for the crew to climb over. Time progressing, Grappled could be fired from cannon just as effectively. In hands, Grapples could be swung as a personal close quarters weapon – with gruesome results.