Splice the mainbrace

What does "Splice the mainbrace" mean?

Today it means: Time to have a drink

This is a combination of two other nautical terms, "splice" and "mainbrace". The mainbrace controlled the mainsail and if it became damaged would be repaired by splicing a new rope into the damaged one; a skilled and dangerous task especially if done whilst still in battle. It was also important that the task was completed quickly so experienced Able Seamen would be called upon. As a reward for completing the task they would be rewarded with an extra ration of rum (grog).

See also: Splice  and: Mainbrace  and: Tot

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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