rudder chain


Definition of rudder chain

: one of a pair of loose chains or ropes that lead from a rudder to the quarters for operating it in case the tiller or rudderhead is broken

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First Known Use of rudder chain

1837, in the meaning defined above

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“Rudder chain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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