Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • The locality where are situated the iron links on plates for securing the shrouds of the mainmast. See chain, 7.

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Examples

  • Half an hour afterwards, Ayrton, without having been either seen or heard, arrived at the ship and caught hold of the main-chains.

    The Mysterious Island

  • Half an hour afterwards, Ayrton, without having been either seen or heard, arrived at the ship and caught hold of the main-chains.

    The Mysterious Island

  • In fact, not so much as a hen-coop had been left on her spar deck, which was clean swept by the violence of the gale, that also seemed to have nearly parted her in two a little abaft the main-chains.

    Ralph Rashleigh

  • When this was done, the men with Jackson in the main-chains crept cautiously along the bulwarks, half in and half out of the water, clutching on to the topsail sheet hand over hand, soon joined us on the quarter galley -- the young second mate being the last to leave, waiting until his comrades were in safety.

    The White Squall A Story of the Sargasso Sea

  • Away forwards, the _Josephine_ was completely buried in the huge billows that were constantly surging over her; but here, too, clinging on to the main-chains was another group of sailors, amongst whom I could make out the tall figure of Jackson, with Cuffee and Davis close beside him.

    The White Squall A Story of the Sargasso Sea

  • A scuffle now took place with two other soldiers who were also on the deck, but not on duty, during which one of them jumped over the vessel's side, and remained for some time in the main-chains; but upon the launch being brought alongside, he went down into it.

    Famous Islands and Memorable Voyages

  • At this moment, Cobbett, who was off duty, went into the main-chains with some lines and bait in order to fish.

    Adventures in Many Lands

  • Jackson was closer than any of us to Jake; and, as he stood up in the main-chains to help the negro up, he perceived what the object was that had frightened him, for he could see down into the water clear of the rigging, which somewhat hampered our view.

    The White Squall A Story of the Sargasso Sea

  • Captain Miller, ordered him to send more men into the San Nicolas, and directed my people to board the first-rate, which was done in an instant, Captain Berry assisting me into the main-chains.

    The Life of the Right Honourable Horatio Lord Viscount Nelson, Volume 1

  • Nelson instantly seized the opportunity of boarding her from his prize; followed by Captain Berry, and Lieutenant Pierson of the 69th, he led the boarders, and jumped into the San Josef's main-chains.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 342, April, 1844

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