All hands forward to splice the main brace!

Ah, Friday.  I can finally drink a beer or few and not worry about work for a couple of days.  This week’s bonus Navy phrase is provided by Sailor Jerry rum and Budweiser beer.  In he days of sail, an extra ration of rum was given to men before battle; after battle; and after successfully completing an arduous task such as splicing the main brace.  In the days of sail, the main brace was one of the biggest fixtures on a ship.  Repairing it was daunting at the best of times.  During time of war or foul weather, it was harrowing.  The phrase carried over into the modern British-inspired navies until the cessation of drinking rum on naval vessels.  Hence, the announcement,”All hands forward to splice the main brace” was a summons to receive rum.

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