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Manila Rope

Alpine Club Rope

Alpine Club Rope

Alpine Club Rope
Arthur Beale made a world famous manila hemp rope called Alpine Club Rope. It was developed in conjunction with the Alpine Club. An extract from “Knots Ties and Splices” of around 1877 says;“The committee of the Alpine Club found, in the course of nearly 100 experiments with various kinds of rope, only 4 bore the strain of 12 stone falling five feet, and all these four ropes were made by Messrs. Buckingham and Sons of 33 Broad Street, Bloomsbury.” Buckingham was our old name before it changed to Arthur Beale in 1904 and Broad Street was the old name for Shaftesbury Avenue. The rope was used by Shipton, Tilman and Tenzing on the early Everest attempts. We supplied Sir Ernest Shackleton with his rope, pulleys and ice axes and we still have the signed invoice in our archive! Edward Whymper
used it on the first ascent of the Matterhorn - it was the rope that did not break. Gino Watkins ordered it for the British Arctic Air Route Expedition. Only when Nylon was invented did the Alpine Club Rope gradually loose favour with the world’s great explorers.

Technical Specification on Manila

Manila Hemp
Manila ropes are made from the fibre of the abaca plant which is a relative of the banana. Although often called Manila Hemp, just like Flax Hemp, it contains no hemp but simply had “hemp” tagged it to their name because most ropes were once made from that fibre. The term Manila comes from the capital of the Philippines where most of the fibre is produced. Its tensile
strength is three times that of cotton and twice that of sisal. Manila is classed as a hard fibre, like sisal and coir. This makes it quite tough on the hands to handle and it can give small splinters to soft skin. It is suitable for outside use and will withstand rotting for many years. This makes manila one of the best choice of natural rope for use outdoors (see also coir). It is unaffected by salt water in the medium term but when manila gets wet it will swell in diameter and shrink over length by up to 10% so care should be taken during selection. It will tend to shrink most during its first soaking so some people like to pre-soak their rope and dry it before
its final application.

Technical Specification on Manila
Material: Abaca plant fibre. Our abbreviation ML
Specific Gravity: Sinks
Resistance to Acid: Poor
Resistance to Alkali: Good
Resistance to Solvents: Good
Resistance to Heat: Burns
Resistant to UV: Good
Resistance to abrasion: Poor
Affected by Moisture: Shrinks.
Highly Hygroscopic absorbing up to 30% moisture by weight
Oxygen absorbing: Ships holds must be ventilated
Stretch: More elastic than hemp or flax
Knot holding: Good but hard to undo when wet
Washing temperature: N/A
Approximate Melting Point: Does not melt

Manila Rope

Three Strand Hawser Laid Manila Hemp

Manila Rope is made from a fairly coarse fibre from the abaca plant. It makes the rope slightly rough to handle and it can give small splinters to soft hands so it is best to wear sailing gloves for hauling. It is slightly stronger than hemp and more flexible and elastic. It is also very resilient out doors and distinguished by its low weight. It was for this reason that in 1864 the British Alpine Club decided that 10 mm manila hemp weighing about 75 g per metre was the best rope for climbing. This Alpine Club Rope was solely made by Arthur Beale until superseded by Nylon in about 1946. If using manila rope in a wet environment please be aware it can shrink by around 8-10% while wet. At the same time the diameter swells slightly. It will shrink most the
first time it is used. Knots can be quite hard to undo while the rope is wet. The rope is generally unaffected by seawater in the medium term. The rope is also highly hygroscopic absorbing moisture from the atmosphere. For this reason the highly skilled flymen and women in the nearby London West End Theatres used to make adjustments to their flying lines in accordance to the days weather with the "longs" shrinking more than the "shorts". So if the front cloth comes in squint one day it could just be the weather.

Technical Specification:
Compliance EN ISO 1181 - 2004

Features
- Traditional look
- Resilient outdoors -
- Generally Stronger than Flax Hemp
- Lightweight
- Economical
- Sinks
- Coarse on hands

Main Uses
Theatre flying lines. Traditional working boats. Outdoor handrails and barrier ropes. Boat fenders. Lawn edging. Garden and decking rope. For making swings and rope ladders. Agricultural ropes. Tug of war rope.

Three Strand Manila Hawser Laid 6 mm (per metre)

Three Strand Manila Hawser Laid 6 mm (per metre)

Price: (9 or fewer items) 0.41 (Including VAT at 20%) Price: (10 to 219 items) 0.27 (Including VAT at 20%) Price: (220 or more items) 0.21 (Including VAT at 20%)

Three Strand Manila Hawser Laid 8 mm (per metre)

Three Strand Manila Hawser Laid 8 mm (per metre)

Price: (9 or fewer items) 0.75 (Including VAT at 20%) Price: (10 to 219 items) 0.50 (Including VAT at 20%) Price: (220 or more items) 0.38 (Including VAT at 20%)

Three Strand Manila Hawser Laid 10 mm (per metre)

Three Strand Manila Hawser Laid 10 mm (per metre)

Price: (9 or fewer items) 0.96 (Including VAT at 20%) Price: (10 to 219 items) 0.64 (Including VAT at 20%) Price: (220 or more items) 0.48 (Including VAT at 20%)

Three Strand Manila Hawser Laid 12 mm (per metre)

Three Strand Manila Hawser Laid 12 mm (per metre)

Price: (9 or fewer items) 1.58 (Including VAT at 20%) Price: (10 to 219 items) 1.05 (Including VAT at 20%) Price: (220 or more items) 0.79 (Including VAT at 20%)

Three Strand Manila Hawser Laid 14 mm (per metre)

Three Strand Manila Hawser Laid 14 mm (per metre)

Price: (9 or fewer items) 2.06 (Including VAT at 20%) Price: (10 to 219 items) 1.37 (Including VAT at 20%) Price: (220 or more items) 1.03 (Including VAT at 20%)

Three Strand Manila Hawser Laid 16 mm (per metre)

Three Strand Manila Hawser Laid 16 mm (per metre)

Price: (9 or fewer items) 2.81 (Including VAT at 20%) Price: (10 to 219 items) 1.87 (Including VAT at 20%) Price: (220 or more items) 1.41 (Including VAT at 20%)

Three Strand Manila Hawser Laid 18 mm (per metre)

Three Strand Manila Hawser Laid 18 mm (per metre)

Price: (9 or fewer items) 3.29 (Including VAT at 20%) Price: (10 to 219 items) 2.19 (Including VAT at 20%) Price: (220 or more items) 1.65 (Including VAT at 20%)

Three Strand Manila Hawser Laid 20 mm (per metre)

Three Strand Manila Hawser Laid 20 mm (per metre)

Price: (9 or fewer items) 3.43 (Including VAT at 20%) Price: (10 to 219 items) 2.74 (Including VAT at 20%) Price: (220 or more items) 2.06 (Including VAT at 20%)

Three Strand Manila Hawser Laid 24 mm (per metre)

Three Strand Manila Hawser Laid 24 mm (per metre)

Price: (9 or fewer items) 4.53 (Including VAT at 20%) Price: (10 to 219 items) 3.22 (Including VAT at 20%) Price: (220 or more items) 2.88 (Including VAT at 20%)

Three Strand Manila Hawser Laid 32 mm (per metre)

Three Strand Manila Hawser Laid 32 mm (per metre)

Price: (9 or fewer items) 7.92 (Including VAT at 20%) Price: (10 to 219 items) 5.63 (Including VAT at 20%) Price: (220 or more items) 4.93 (Including VAT at 20%)

Three Strand Manila Hawser Laid 36 mm (per metre)

Three Strand Manila Hawser Laid 36 mm (per metre)

Price: (9 or fewer items) 8.92 (Including VAT at 20%) Price: (10 to 219 items) 6.69 (Including VAT at 20%) Price: (220 or more items) 6.02 (Including VAT at 20%)

Three Strand Manila Hawser Laid 48 mm (per metre)

Three Strand Manila Hawser Laid 48 mm (per metre)

Price: (9 or fewer items) 14.38 (Including VAT at 20%) Price: (10 to 109 items) 11.50 (Including VAT at 20%) Price: (110 or more items) 10.07 (Including VAT at 20%)