A powder monkey

What does "A powder monkey" mean?

Today it means: A boy in the Navy used to carry gunpowder to the guns

On board old Navy, square rigged, sailing ships, the magazine where the gun powder was stored was usually quite some distance from the guns. Getting through the hatches and dark companion ways you would need to be fast, agile and quite small; like a monkey. Young boys were ideal for the task so there was at least one boy in every gun team and these became know as "powder monkeys".


By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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