Have all boats in by "mess gear" unless special permission is given.
After we had finished four men washed up the mess gear and the rest of us turned to and swept down the room.
By the time "mess gear" was piped, the ship was very clean, so during the afternoon we were left largely to our own devices.
Things were flying and I did not take time to get my shovel, which I had in my pack, but used my mess gear instead.
We worked hard all day, and, when mess gear was piped for supper, we could hardly repress a sigh of heartfelt relief.
Several minutes before "mess gear" was due, a lookout at the masthead reported smoke in sight off the starboard bow.
I suddenly remembered something that I wanted done about the men's mess gear, and returned along the companion way.
He did his share in policing the grounds, never shirked a cigar end or a bit of paper and amused many a mess gear line.