Stevedore Stopper Knot
The Stevedore Knot likely gets its name from its use as a stopper knot by stevedores (a person employed at a dock to load and unload cargo from ships). To raise and lower cargo they used large block and tackle and these required a rather large stopper knot to prevent the rope from running completely through the block The Stevedore is an excellent stopper knot, quite bulky and is one of three shown on this site (four if you include the Figure Eight tied at the end of a rope). Pick one and learn it well as the use for a stopper knot at the end of a rope comes in handy quite often. The other Stopper Knots are: Ashley's Stopper and The Double Overhand Stopper Knot
Stevedore Stopper Knot Tying Instructions
- Form a bight in the end of the rope.
- Pass the working end over the standing line and continue around making one complete turn around the standing line.
- Repeat 2-3 making a second complete turn around the standing line, working back towards the end of the rope.
- Pass the end down through the original bight and tighten down the turns.
- Pull on both ends to tighten down the stopper knot.