What does "Mainbrace" mean?

Today it means: A strong rope controlling the main sail

The "mainbrace" ran from the main yard(arm) to the deck and controlled the main sail which was the largest and most important sail on the vessel. Gunners would often target the mainbrace as a relatively quick way to slow and dis-able a ship. Repairing it quickly was therefore extremely important and carried out by experience Able Seamen with a splice.


By SailingQuiz September 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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