The design and construction of this replica, heavy-duty, 22-oz canvas duck Rigger’s Tote Bag hearkens from the days of sail in Great Britain’s Royal Navy. A bag similar to this was used by the ship’s riggers who often worked on masts and spars as high as 200-ft above deck – equal to about 15 car lengths. They needed tough, useful bags that wouldn’t fall apart – like this one. The exceptionally heavy, natural cotton canvas duck from which this bag is cut, has been washed 4 or 5 times before sewing. This imparts a soft, suppleness such that when the bag is standing empty, it simply collapses into a frumpy pile on top of itself. None of its strength is lost in the special washing process. However, this finish allows the bag to shape itself around whatever’s placed in it. This makes it smaller for light loads, and for bigger loads, can increase the usable volume considerably. Other canvas bags of this weight, are sand-paper like on the outside, and stiff, more like a cardboard box. Not this one. It can easily be packed into a suitcase for travel to be used in another place, and it’s also handy as an airline carry-on. All the special treatment to the fabric makes it look and feel like it’s been around awhile. Even so, it’ll become your favorite the first time you use it. There’s no other like it.