What does "Holystoning" mean?

Today it means: Cleaning a deck with a block of sandstone.

The holystone is a block of sandstone sailors would use to scrum the wooden decks of a ship clean. It get's its name from a row of sailors on their knees scrubbing away but looking like they were praying.

See also: Scrub around it   

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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