The gunners and swabbers were putting their cannon in fettle below decks.
He was several paces behind the other swabbers all the time.
Sweepers and swabbers cleaned down the decks twice in every 24 hours.
In playing the game, Swabbers seem to have signified either the Honours, or the points gained through holding them.
He was sometimes called ship's sweeper; more commonly captain of swabbers.
The decks were washed down by the swabbers every morning, before the company went to breakfast.
The swabbers brought pans of burning pitch or brimstone into every corner, so that the smoke might penetrate everywhere.
The boatswain, a sort of combined walrus and carpenter, seldom allowed his swabbers and his hosepipe to rest.