Non veni pacem mittere, sed gladium.
CW, did I miss the memo naming this 'Nautical Knot Month'?
Ha! I just happened to stumble across these in my travels over the internet. Serendipity!
The term for that is a "thump mat"most of these "decretive"items have a practical use.In this case this mat keeps the block from beating up the deck and pad eye when there is slack in the line.the art of marline spike seamanship allows common line to become a thing of beauty.And yes I was a sailor in the USCG.
Thanks for that explanation. I couldn't see the practical use of that, but now I understand.