It was Spick, one of the oilers—a big chap, weighing a good one-ninety.
"Watch on deck, put on your oilers," shouted the boatswain's mates.
Rainy, foggy weather was the rule, and "oilers" and rubber boots the prevailing fashion in overclothing.
The captain looked at the ship's doctor significantly and dismissed the two oilers with instructions to return to their duties.
They now ate with the ship's officers, the stokers and oilers having a mess-room by themselves.
We'll go over to the fish house an' ye can put on some oilers an' save yer good clothes.
Oilers are also injured by straining from heating caused by the steam acting on cold oil when all the cocks are closed.
Oilers, stokers, coal-passers, water-tenders straightened up to give them a greeting as they passed.
Of course each flier goes over, personally, his own craft, but he has oilers and mechanics to do all the detail work.
Oilers holding oil cans and waste clambered in and out of the rotating masses of iron with astounding sureness and boldness.