James F. Keating & Son
The Marlinspike Sailor of Marblehead
P.O. Box 605
Marblehead, MA 01945
(781) 631-0617

Ropes and Canvas Work, Fancy and Functional

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James F. Keating started Marlinspike seamanship when he was in England in 1971. His interest was stimulated at The National Naval Museum, Greenwich, England.

Jim is self taught in the art form and his experiences in Marlinspike seamanship are very varied. He has done work at such historical landmarks as the U.S.S. Constitution and Boston Tea Party Ship in Boston and in Salem at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem Maritime National Historic Site, and the House of Seven Gables. He has lectured and given demonstrations at Salem State University and the USS Constitution Museum.

However, his most prestigious work was done for the Queen of England. On a return visit to England in 1977 to row in the Henley Royal Regatta, he received an invitation To Buckingham Palace. At Buckingham Palace, Jim made a presentation of his Marlinspike work to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in honor of Her 25th Jubilee.

Presently, Jim is a retired science teacher, but continues to tutor at Marblehead high School as well as run his business: “The Marlinspike Sailor of Marblehead”. He is also an active member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers.