Knot Wednesday: Eskimo Bowline

The Arctic explorer Sir John Ross brought an Inuit sled back to England.  On that sled the rawhide lashing were tied in knot similar to the bowline illustrating that this variant knot’s history does indeed tied to the Inuits.  The eskimo bowline is actually much more secure than a typical bowline, especially in the synthetic lines we use in marine science, so it is a knot worth commanding. Picture of the knot is here and instructions are here.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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