SEIZINGS

All seizings are begun by making a small eye in the end of the seizing stuff. Take the seizing round both parts of rope and pass the end through the eye. Keep the eye in the groove between the two parts of rope.

Flat Seizing

Having begun as described, take the round turns very loosely round both parts of the rope, then pass the end back, along and between the two parts of the rope, under the turns and through the eye in the seizing. Then heave each turn taut and take a cross turn round the seizing between the two parts of rope. Now haul the cross turn taut and secure with a clove hitch, one part on each side of the round turn.


To pass a round seizing

Having begun the seizing as previously described, take the same round turns as in the flat seizing, pass the end down between the pans, up through the eye, and heave each turn taut with a spike. The end is now in the right position to begin passing the upper or riding turns, which will come exactly between the parts of the lower turns. The number of riding turns is one less than the number of lower turns, and they are hove taut by hand. After passing the last riding "urn, lead the end under the last turn of the lower turns and heave it hard taut. Then take a cross turn round all parts of the seizing, heave it well taut, and secure with a clove hitch each side of the round turn, as in the flat seizing. Finish off with two half hitches.

To pass a racking seizing

Begin the seizing as already described. If the seizing slips when Taken round both pans of rope/ take the end round one part only and reeve it through the eye. Then dip the end between the two parts of the rope and take a number of figure-of-eight turns round each part alternately, taking dare to heave the same number round each part and to leave room between each racking turn for the round turn which will come later. When the racking turns have been hove taut/ dip the end under the last turn and pass the round turns back towards the eye/ filling the spaces between the racking turns. When the last round turn has been passed (see that there is one less than The racking turns)/ finish off the seizing with one round turn around the whole seizing and a clove hitch between the two parts of rope; then pass two half hitches round one parr of the cross turns.


Other methods of making a seizing may be acceptable provided that they are safe, neat and seamanlike.