Marlinspike

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By Crusader1307

Another ship implement that developed into a make shift “Boarding/Anti-Boarding” weapon, The 17th Century Marlinspike (so named for the act of “Marling”- or the wrapping of a smaller twine around a larger rope piece to for a Whipping – a protective covering), aka The Marline. Normally used to also untie knots and other “rope skills”, The Marlinspike was made of metal (iron), wood or bone. Blunted and tapered at one end, they featured a Rondel time top. They could be used as a stabbing or striking weapon very effectively. Marlinspikes are still a feature on ships today.