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RE: Nautical Terms

 by Voltman , Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:37 pm

Splice the Mainbrace was an order from the top to repair a large rope. This needed a long spliced repair as opposed to a short lumpy splice, or a knot, due to the route the rope took through the rigging.
Here is what the Navy say...

"Splice the Mainbrace"
An extra issue of one-eight of a pint of rum to each officer and man of an over the age of 20 who desires to take the rum: lemonade to others. The rum is mixed with water into grog for all ratings below Petty Officer. Ratings marked "T" in the ship's books may draw rum or grog or lemonade when the main brace is spliced; no money payment in lieu is allowable. See Q.R. & A.I. 4923. The order to make this extra issue may be given only by the Sovereign (or a member of the Royal Family) or by the Admiralty. Splicing the main brace is the only occasion when officers may be issued with service rum.
The name arose from the reward customarily given in sailing ships to men who carried out the task of splicing the main brace. As the main brace had to be led through blocks, a long splice (as opposed to a short splice or a knot) had to be made in it when repair was necessary, and the ship had to remain on the one tack until the job was completed. Thus the work had to be done at great speed and in whatever conditions prevailed at the time since the ship could not be steered effectively with a broken main brace. The ship's best Able Seamen normally were chosen to do the work under the supervision of the Boatswain. The VICTORY's main brace was of 5" hemp.


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Nautical Terms Voltman 07.27.2010
RE: Nautical Terms Voltman 07.27.2010
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RE: Nautical Terms Sheldonboy 07.27.2010
RE: Nautical Terms Voltman 07.27.2010
RE: Nautical Terms berniew 07.27.2010
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RE: Nautical Terms Voltman 07.28.2010
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