Wire Rope Eye Splice

Rope is rope and an eye splice is an eye splice, regardless of the material.  


At a whaling museum in Flores, Azores, Portugal, I came across this impressive feat. 


It’s a wire rope eye splice done in massively thick wire rope!  


This eye splice used to be used in the terrible act of hauling dead whales from the shore to the “processing plant” where the oil was extracted from their tissues.  

The rope was used under high loads and dragged over stone roads as it hauled the load up from the volcanic shoreline. Regular hemp rope at the time would not have been able to support the load or chafe, but it appears that wire rope was up to the challenge! 

Regardless of the material, a splice is. a splice and following the pattern will result in a familiar looking result.