“For thousands of years, rope-making skills have been part of men’s skilled labour. Men living in the country braided ropes from various materials. Along with increased shipbuilding, the demand for rope also grew and rope making became a profession of its own in Europe in the 1400s. Rope making was part of every seaman’s basic skills. For example, the rigging of a sailing ship comprised kilometres of rope. The rope is in a way the key to the entire world of sailing ships and seamanship: rope was needed in almost all ship functions. (…) Ropes have been manufactured for sailing ships from hemp, linen, abaca, sisal, jute, coconut, and cotton strings.” (