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Pouring Tots of Rum for Royal Navy Splice the Mainbrace
Image by Defence Images A sailor onboard HMS York measures out tots of rum for the ship's company, in preparation for the Royal Navy tradition 'Splice the Mainbrace'. 'Splice the Mainbrace' is an order given aboard naval vessels to issue the crew with a drink, typically a tot of rum. Originally an order for one of the most difficult emergency repair jobs aboard a sailing ship, it became a euphemism for authorised celebratory drinking afterward, and then the name of an order to grant the crew an extra ration of rum or grog. The signal hoist for Splice the Main Brace is BRAVO-XRAY. The Main Brace was the largest and heaviest of all the running rigging of sailing vessels, and it's splicing - Particularly when a ship was underway in heavy weather - was one of the most arduous tasks onboard, and on completion, merited the issue of a double ration of rum. Since 1773, it has also been ordered to mark a royal birth, or a visit to a ship by a Monarch, or a victory in battle. This image is available for high resolution download at www.defenceimages.mod.uk subject to the terms and conditions of the Open Government License at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/. Search for image number 45154253.jpg ------------------------------------------------------- Photographer: LA(PHOT) Dave Jenkins Image 45154253.jpg from www.defenceimages.mod.uk For latest news visit www.mod.uk Follow us: www.facebook.com/defenceimages www.twitter.com/defenceimages
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Image by â" Georgie R When I first saw the different colour of the bench I thought something had been spilt on it, then I realised that different pieces of wood had been spliced together.