He then gave us a glass of grog all round, and made his own crew splice the main-brace.
He then ordered the purser's steward to splice the main-brace.
The only Christmas kept by the Alabama was the usual “splicing of the main-brace” by the crew.
Then he saw the sick men, after which he gave orders to splice the main-brace.
The captain praised us, and, as a matter of course in that day, he called all hands to "splice the main-brace."
If you don't splice the main-brace, you'll not make a knot an hour.
The evening brought the theatricals again, with extempore interludes, and a hearty splicing of the main-brace.
He arrived in safety, however, and the grand discovery was duly celebrated and the main-brace properly spliced.
Thompson,” said I, “let go the main-sheet and the main-brace.
We had spliced the main-brace pretty freely throughout the day, and the pull I got in the grocery just made me ripe for mischief.