I always call them ropes and then get corrected, “they’re not ropes, they’re lines.” Ropes, on a ship, are called lines.
These lines are on the ships at Steveston’s Annual Ship Festival. And now that I see how they are so carefully arranged, tied or coiled into beautiful patterns, I can see exactly why they call them lines. Ropes (lines) on boats arranged in looped or coiled patterns, or intriguing knots.
The decorative knotting of rope and cords extends to almost everything on the ship, including the sailor’s tools!
For more on this Weekly Photo Challenge: Line & Patterns.