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Monkey's Fist

A ball woven out of line used to provide heft to heave the line to another location. The monkey's fist and other heaving-line knots were sometimes weighted with lead (easily available in the form of foil used to seal e.g. tea chests from dampness) although Clifford W. Ashley notes that there was a 'definite sporting limit' to the weight thus added.

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