Mast Knot (also used to carry Cannonballs)
made by Washe Koda
The jury mast knot (or masthead knot) is traditionally used for jury rigging a temporary mast on a sailboat or ship after the original one has been lost. The knot is placed at the top of a new mast with the mast projecting through the center of the knot. The loops of the knot are then used as anchor points for makeshift stays and shrouds. Usually small blocks of wood are affixed to, or a groove cut in, the new mast to prevent the knot from sliding downwards.
*( The cannonball totters wore an eye patch to preserve their ‘night vision’ when going below deck for more shots! )