Stripey_G said:The Mainbrace was the great chunk of rope that was attached to the main yard of sailing ships (the brace). between main and fore mast. To Splice this rope was no mean task and the sailors that did it had an extra ration of rum for their efforts. The term "splicing the mainbrace" today means to celebrate an occasion by issues of a tot of rum. (Way back when they issued tot in the Navy, "Splicing" meant you got TWO tots of rum!! Lovely!!)
Which meant of course that Stokers, Greenies, Tiffies, Supply and Secretarial, Waffoos etc. never got an extra TOT cos only Dabtoes could splice.