Rudder chain

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rudder chain (Naut) one of the loose chains or ropes which fasten the rudder to the quarters to prevent its loss in case it gets unshipped, and for operating it in case the tiller or the wheel is broken.
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Usage

In literature:

I wasn't capable of swimming round as far as your rudder chains.
"The Secret Sharer" by Joseph Conrad
At this moment nothing was heard save the deep sighs of the engines and the clanking of the rudder chains.
"Foma Gordyeff" by Maxim Gorky
The rudder-chain had broken.
"The Golden House" by Charles Dudley Warner
In another minute we had dropped astern, Neb holding on by a boat-hook to one of the rudder-chains.
"Miles Wallingford" by James Fenimore Cooper
When he gained the rudder chains, he held on.
"Snarleyyow" by Captain Frederick Marryat
It looks like being best to get down to the rudder-chains.
"Fitz the Filibuster" by George Manville Fenn
Holding on by the rudder-chain, Mr Vernon climbed up, and got in at a sternport.
"Salt Water" by W. H. G. Kingston
I sank down, and diving under the counter, laid hold of the rudder chains, unperceived by them.
"The Pacha of Many Tales" by Frederick Marryat
When he gained the rudder chains, he held, on.
"Snarley-yow" by Frederick Marryat
Two blacks had hung on by the rudder-chains, and now, as they climbed up, they caught sight of him.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
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