So I put him down again, and there was his little lordship as busy as any powder-monkey, handing up the powder to the gunners.
Then you must be a powder-monkey with me; you can hand powder up, if you can do nothing else.
No one ever got a more royal welcome than did Bob, the powder-monkey, on his return to the Lively Bee.
Only two days since I met him swaggering on the beach, and he threatened to impress me on the Tartar for a powder-monkey.
I would have been rather an English powder-monkey or a swab in that great victory than an emperor out of it.
He looked certainly old enough to have fought at Trafalgar—or at any rate to have played his little part there as a powder-monkey.
If all the rest of the men were killed wouldn't the powder-monkey get a chance to fire the gun?
But his station in action was on the forecastle, where he was powder-monkey for the two forward guns.
This being thus, we therefore clearly see The powder-monkey heads some pedigree.
A small crew was placed in charge, commanded by Tempest, and included the powder-monkey, our old friend Bob.
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]