from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the United States navy, a petty officer whose duty it is, under the direction of the gunner, to care for the guns, gun-gear, small-arms, and ammunition.
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I performed the duties of captain's aid, quarter-gunner, powder-boy, and, in fact, did everything that was required of me.
He was much relieved when the quarter-gunner of his division handed him a spare sponge.
"That sounds reasonable," put in the quarter-gunner, gravely; "I've seen such droggers myself."
At the battery I met Captain Trolov (now deceased), who had know Tolstoy as a quarter-gunner, and related incidentally that even then the Count possessed the marvelous capacity of a story-teller who carried away the listeners by his interesting conversation. "
Farragut writes, "I performed the duty of captain's aid, quarter-gunner, powder-boy, and, in fact, did every thing that was required of me ....
"On one occasion Midshipman Isaacs came up to the captain and reported that a quarter-gunner named Roach had deserted his post.
"I've heard the carpenter overhauling them matters," remarked Sam Wad, another quarter-gunner, "and he chalked it all out by the square and compass.
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