At a rate of knots

What does "At a rate of knots" mean?

Today it means: Doing something at speed

To measurement speed at sea sailors would drop a float (log) over the side attached to a uniformly knotted rope. Unwinding the rope from a reel, the "rate of knots" that passed through the sailors fingers in a given time was the speed the ship was doing.

   

By SailingQuiz September 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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