Killick hitch

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Killick hitch
Killick hitch.jpg
NamesKillick hitch, Kelleg hitch, Timber Hitch and a Half Hitch
RelatedTimber hitch
Typical useAttach a rope to an oddly shaped object.
ABoK#271, #1733, #2162

The killick hitch /ˈkɪlɪk/ is a type of hitch knot used to attach a rope to oddly shaped objects. This knot is also known as the kelleg hitch. It is a combination of a timber hitch tied in conjunction with a half hitch, which is added to lend support and stability when pulling or hoisting the object;[1] the addition of a half-hitch in front of the timber hitch creates a timber hitch and a half hitch,[2]:23 known as a killick hitch[2]:32 when at sea. A killick is "a small anchor or weight for mooring a boat, sometimes consisting of a stone secured by pieces of wood".[3]

Use and history[edit]

The killick hitch is used to anchor small boats, usually by using some odd shaped heavy object. It is used by oystermen because the anchor is more readily moved than with other methods.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Favorite Pioneering Knots: Timber Hitch
  2. ^ a b Blandford, Percy (1965), Knots and Splices, New York, New York, US: Arco Publishing Company, Inc
  3. ^ "Killick".

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