Myself, I learned how to make sailor knots at the beginning of the 60s of the last century in the School of Specialists the Spanish Navy "Galatea".
This sailboat, a Bric boat with long seafaring history, was built in Glasgow (Scotland) at the end of the 19th century and after sailing for several years with a British pavilion on all the seas of the world, it passed into Italian hands with the name of "Clara Estella".
Subsequently, the Spanish Navy bought it until it was removed from the Official List of Ships of the Navy in 1992 in full splendor of the Universal Exposition of Seville). There, berthed on a dock, and after suffering a fire, it was semi-abandoned and heeled until in that unfortunate state it was bought at public auction by a shipping company in Glasgow, where the ship had been built and towed. In that city, the ship underwent an important restoration work in order to turn it into a museum ship that today can be visited in that port with its original name of "Greenly".
A long and interesting story about this veteran vessel, from which I may one day write, although I would like to tell fans of ancient and legendary sailing vessels that they can know part of the history of this vessel through the Internet. , well with the name of "Galatea" or "Greenly".
Of my stay in the school ship "Galatea" I keep fond memories, among them the one of the Corvette Captain D. Ricardo Saavedra Montero a veteran officer who had sailed as an apprentice maneuver specialist in sailing corvette "Nautilus" in which traveled through Europe, Asia and America.
I also remember my colleagues in Equatorial Guinea who over time occupied the highest positions in the navy of that brother country, as is the case of David Ela and others who became vice presidents of government, ambassadors in the UN chief superior of the Guinean Navy.
Among my Spanish companions was Vicente Gonzales Lizondo who opted for civil life in which he came to found the Unión Valenciana party being for a time President of the Cortes of this Autonomous Community.
After the "Galatea" I was embarked for 25 years in several ships of the Spanish Navy, among them in a tanker, in a minesweeper, in a frigate, in two destroyers, in a tall and rescue tug and other ships, besides being several years in land destinations, adding between land and sea a total of 38 active years.
Today I still practice sailing knots at home or teaching as a teacher in polyvalent fishing pattern courses.
I have also written a marine knot treaty that, although approved by the Joaquín Chapaprieta Cultural Institute of Torrevieja (Alicante), is yet to be published.
With the sailor knots we can make from a pretty picture to a simple keychain.
The students of the different nautical degrees of Spain, whether sporting, recreational or professional, are always required to know at least half a dozen knots of those considered most useful.Much of the information that we provide below has been provided by Francisco Rebollo or extracted from publications, to which we greatly appreciate your collaboration and friendship.