The Following is a graphic that you may
see when taking the USCG license exam and you will be asked to identify the different
E: Timber hitch and half hitch: used for hauling timbers.
F: Round turn and two half
hitches: use to permanently tie up to a piling.
G: Fishermans bend AKA
anchor bend: used to tie a rode to the anchor.
H: Becket or sheet bend:
used to tie lines of different sizes together.
I: Bowline on a bight: used
for rescuing a person by putting a leg though each loop if conscious or if unconscious put
both legs through one loop and the chest and arms through the other.
J: Plain whipping: a quick
way to whip the end of line.
K: Sailmakers whip:
requires a sailmakers needle.
L.: Double blackwall hitch:
for attaching a line to a cargo hook.
M: Carrick bend: for
connecting two large hawsers.
N: Stopper: a length of line
attached to running with a rolling hitch in order to relieve strain on the running
O: Barrel hitch: for lifting
P: Rolling hitch: used for
fastening a line to a spar.
Q: Bowline: the king of
knots. Used to form a temporary loop in a line. Wont slip or jam under strain.
R: Double sheet bend: used
to secure two lines of different diameters.
S: Blackwall hitch: used to
attach a line to cargo hook.
T: French bowline: used like
a bowline on the bight for rescue.
U: Half hitch: a turn of
line around an object with the bitter end led back through the bight.
V: Marline hitch: used to
lash canvas to a spar.
W: Theif Knot AKA reef knot:
used to connect two lines of different diameters.
X: Clove hitch: use to
temporarily attach a line to a piling. Can come loose unless it is followed by a half
The illustration was taken
directly from the U.S. Coast Guard exam prep materials.