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Figs. 182-190

We need anchors, one for the bow and one for the stern. It takes little time to make them, as you only need a forked stick, a stone, and a piece of plank, or, better still, a barrel stave. Figs. 186, 187, 189, and 190 show how this is made. Down East the fishermen use the "keelig," in preference to any other anchor.

Make fast your lines to the "keelig" thus: Take the end of the rope in your right hand and the standing part (which is the part leading from the boat) in your left hand and form the loop (A, Fig. 182).

Then with the left hand curve the cable from you, bringing the end through the loop, as in B, Fig. 183; then lead it around and down, as in C, Fig. 184.

Draw it tight, as in D, Fig. 185, and you have the good, old-fashioned knot, called by sailors the "bow-line."

To make it look neat and shipshape you may take a piece of string and bind the standing part to the shaft of your anchor or keelig-keelek-killick-killeck-kelleck-kellock-killock, etc., as you may choose to spell it.

A paddle to steer with and two pegs in the stern cross- piece to rest it in complete the craft ; and now the big bass had better use due caution, because our lines will reach their haunts, and we are after them!







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