Everybody in the fleet, from the commodore to the powder monkey, was thinking about it.
It seemed to him that he had grown suddenly from a powder monkey into a man.
The powder monkey rushed up with the fire, and then the cannon began to bark, I tell you.
He is eighteen years of age, and is a 'powder monkey' on Number Sixteen, a six-pounder on the spar deck.
A person who works with explosives in mining, construction, etc
[1926+ Loggers & miners; found by 1682 designating a boy who handles gunpowder aboard a warship]