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- n. Nautical, one of two strong chains often shackled to the after part of a rudder, near the water-line. Each chain is about 6 feet long, and into its end is spliced a rope pendant, which is stopped to eyebolts along the ship's counter, some slack being allowed for the working of the rudder. In case of damage to the rudder-head, the ship can be steered by those pendants worked by tackles.
“Holding on by the rudder-chain, Mr Vernon climbed up, and got in at a sternport.”
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