THE LEGEND OF THE MONKEY'S FIST

The Monkey’s Fist is an ancient nautical knot used by sailors and mariners. It was originally made with 3/4" halyard rope and a cannon ball. The knot was used as a weighted fob to propel a ship's tie down lines to a dock. It was also used in the same method as a way to bring two neighboring ships together. In addition, it was used in the event of someone falling overboard. Because ships back in the day, relying entirely on wind to propel them forward, were unable to turn around to retrieve any unfortunate souls who fell overboard. And even if a rope was thrown over for the person to grab, because of the frigidity of the water, the persons hands were likely numb, making it difficult to grip the rope which would slide through the person’s fingers. Having a Monkey’s Fist knot would give the person something solid to grasp and hold onto, thereby allowing them to be pulled back to the ship. The Monkey’s Fist symbolizes that lifeline/lifesaver connection to a friend, something to grasp and hold onto when we feel like we’re drowning.

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