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Squads of sailors in seaboots with hard scrubbers scrub steadily and evenly across* (*Scrubbing across the grain makes more noise than scrubbing with the grain and therefore conveys the impression (entirely false) of great effort!) the wood planking from one end of the deck to the other; others follow behind them with longhaired coir brooms to sweep off the surplus water into the ship's side scuppers.Ahead of them their Petty Officer walks backwards as they advance, scattering handfuls of sand to be scrubbed well into the wood.
Next, "Call men under punishment," and there's a time set down for that, for one of the means of expiating a minor "jankers" crime in the Navy is to have to turn out before the rest of the hands.
He checks over their names with a list that he carries in a notebook.
The Chief Boatswain's Mate checks over with the Captains of Tops that all are present - and along the deck comes the Commander himself, his feet thrust into short sea-boots, and with a muffler round his neck - up at the same time as his men and waiting to detail them to the various jobs that will keep his ship fighting fit and clean.
There is a special routine for the daily work in harbour, and a special routine for Sundays in harbour; there is a sea routine as well.
The design and framing of the ship's routine is the sale prerogative of her Executive Officer.
Sorting Out for the Great Clean-up The next item of routine is to get the ship clean, and throughout the ship the bugles ring out Watches for exercise fall in, One by one and in groups of twos and threes "the hands" appear from every forward hatchway.