Thursday, October 30, 2008
Prior to 1830, all US Cordage was made from hemp. The first manila fiber arrived in the US in 1830 and was found to be a better fiber for maritime cordage than hemp. By 1850, much US Naval cordage was manila. Artillery, Cavalry and misc. cordage was still hemp. In the early 1900's the production of hemp was outlawed in the U.S. This was partly as a result from lobbying from oil companies who had just come out with a new product..........NYLON!!