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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
They clung to the rusty rudder chains and listened.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
A kind of iron crutch bolted to the back of the rudder, for attaching the rudder chains to in case of necessity.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Hobson now first learned that the rudder chains were gone and the ship could not be steered.
"Stories of Our Naval Heroes" by Various
Once a fog dropped about them suddenly, and once the starboard rudder-chain broke.
"Careers of Danger and Daring" by Cleveland Moffett
When on the flagship I learned that my fireman had clung to her rudder chains and been taken on board.
"A brief sketch of the work of Matthew Fontaine Maury during the war, 1861-1865" by Richard L. Maury
In 1921 the rudder chain broke when the steamer was shooting the rapids.
"Across the Prairie in a Motor Caravan" by Frances Halton Eva Hasell
No doubt what they heard was either the creaking of the rudder-chains, or the cry of some passing sea-bird.
"The Dealings of Captain Sharkey" by A. Conan Doyle
Long boxes enclosing the rudder chains are on either side of it.
"The Sea and the Jungle" by H. M. Tomlinson
But the rudder chains are stretched to useless slackness or rusted and broken.
"Concerning Children" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
In this way two chains or pennants had been attached to the back of the rudder.
"The life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Civil Engineer" by Isambard Brunel
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