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- n. The members of a yacht's crew who attend to the aft sails
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The seaman or seamen stationed on the poop or after part of the ship, to attend the after-sails.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In men-of-war, that division of the crew which is stationed on the quarter-deck to work the after-sails, etc., generally composed of ordinary seamen and landsmen who are not required to go aloft; hence, a drudge; one occupying an inferior position.
When his back was turned from them the sailors indulged in grins and back-slappings and other rough demonstrations of their knowledge that the "afterguard" were not on agreeable terms.
Besides, I understand that every forecastle has its bully, or group of bullies; so this is merely a forecastle matter and no concern of the afterguard.
In reply, we of the afterguard pointed out that it was our chance for life that was doubled did we but bear with the half-pound ration.
And further, it would be well to be near the afterguard in whatever troubles that were sure to arise under such circumstances in the days to come.
They ain't never goin 'to forgive me, sir, for joinin' in with the afterguard.
He is more my own kind, and some day he will make a henchman of the afterguard and a mate like Mr. Pike.
We of the afterguard are weary of this eternal buffeting.
While the calm held, the Eniel ran quiet as a dream: her captain hated needless bellowing, calling it the poor pilot's surrogate for leadership, and merely gestured to the afterguard when the time came to tack for shore.
The six marines on the quarter-reck, the helmsman, the carronades 'crews, Mr Prowse and the rest of the afterguard had all heard him.
He inquired now about the other member of the afterguard, -- the burly Hollander who had superintended the washing-down.
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