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What is KNOT

In seamen’s language, a “knot” Is a division of the log-line serving to meas- ure the rate of the vessel’s motion. The number of knots which run off from the reel in half a minute shows the number of miles the vessel sails in an hour. Hence when a ship goes eight miles an hour she is said to go “eight knots.” Webster.


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