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) 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.
A mammoth task this, for upon its success depends the smooth running and efficiency of the ship from stem to stern. Let us then follow an ordinary day in harbour through this triumph of the Executive Officer's organising skill.
We Begin our Day with the Morning Watch Let us then start "while it is yet dark," in the small hours of the morning watch, with the Officer of the Watch drinking a steaming cup of hot cocoa in the shelter of the after-turret, and the Quartermaster doing the same thing at his desk in the greater shelter of the quarter-deck screen doors.
The first item on his printed "Daily Routine" will be "Call cooks and galley party." There will be no printed time for this: the ship's cooks know how long it will take them to get the first meal prepared and they will have "put themselves down" for a call in the gangway quartermaster's call book, The Royal Marine Corporal of the Gangway has looked at this and, with a glance at the clock, speeds away to give these first risers their "shake." Then comes "Call Duty Regulating Staff, Boatswain's Mates and Buglers" - they too are rousted out.
They sort themselves out into their "tops" each with its petty officer, Captain-of-the-Top, in front.
He checks over their names with a list that he carries in a notebook.