In my early Navy
days (a few years after “iron men
and wooden ships”), we were taught to use small stuff (another old Navy
term) as clothes ties. The method uses ten or twelve inch long pieces of about quarter inch line, cinched tightly to a couple of corners of each piece of clothing
with a single
tight overhand knot
. Both bitter ends are then tied to taut lines stretched between sturdy belaying points. In cold or rainy weather
, a steam room or engine
room was used...in warm weather
, Old Sol would make things dry and fresh.
Simple, inexpensive, reusable. Those tight overhand knots at the corners of wet cotton and wool clothing
held remarkably tight as the items dried. Some synthetics might demand another method.