deckhand

Someone who works on a boat or a ship is called a deckhand. A deckhand's job includes physical tasks like mopping the deck and moving cargo.

Deckhands are general laborers on a ship, performing the day-to-day duties that keep the vessel clean and running. You might get a summer job as a deckhand on a cruise ship, or haul up fishing nets as a deckhand on a trawler. The word deckhand is an American invention from the 1840s, combining deck, "platform of a ship," and hand, "sailor in a ship's crew."

Definitions of deckhand
  1. noun
    a member of a ship's crew who performs manual labor
    synonyms: roustabout
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    Jack, Jack-tar, gob, mariner, old salt, sea dog, seafarer, seaman, tar
    a man who serves as a sailor
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